White Cane Week

White Cane Week

is the first full week in February

This important week of raising public awareness of the challenges facing Canadians living with vision loss is marked by events sponsored by CCB chapters within their local communities.  Events vary from chapter to chapter but all focus on demonstrating the abilities – not disabilities – of people living with vision loss.

CCB chapters across the country host a variety of open houses, informational forums and other events in their local communities to raise awareness and provide information to the public.

Although many chapters hold public awareness events throughout the year WCW encourages CCB chapters across the country to make a coordinated “team effort” to host events during the specific time frame of White Cane Week to maximize the impact of the information provided to the public through open houses, public forums and other educational opportunities in their local communities.

White Cane Week™ is a registered trademark of the CCB.

White Cane Week 2019 is Sunday, February 3 through Saturday, February 9

2019 is an exciting year!  To celebrate our 75th Anniversayr CCB is dedicating 2019 to “Our Year of Accessibility”.  CCB is working towards improved accessibility and a barrier free Canada while at the same time continuing its efforts to enhance the quality of life of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

Chapters across Canada are celebrating White Cane Week with a large variety of events, including but not limited to, bowling tournaments, information booths, visiting schools, membership drives,and running fundraisers.

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter is once again holding the fantastic Experience Expo on February 2, 2019.  This event gets bigger every year.  For more information click here.

At the National level CCB will be hosting the Annual AMI Canadian Vision Impaired Curling Championship, with teams representing several provinces from coast to coast.  For more information click here.

A White Cane Week Dinner is being held on February 6th in celebration of our anniversary.  Many dignitaries will be at this event, and it promises to be a lovely evening.  For more information click here.

An event is being held in Park Royal South, BC on February 4, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:30pm.  There will be an education forum, and openhouse showcasing services, resources and products that are available to the vision impaired and blind community.  All who attend will be entered into a draw to win a $100 Park Royal gift card (courtesy of Park Royal mall) and attendees who are part of the vision impaired/blind commuity can be entered into an additional draw to win a Goggle Mini (courtesy of FTT and CCB).  For guides from the Park Royal bus stops or more informationa please email amayamantea@hotmail.com

2019 White Cane Week Events Across Canada

If a Chapter is listed they are having an event.

PLEASE NOTE: If your chapter is hosting WCW events that are not included here, please contact 613-567-0311-1-877-304-0968 or email: ccb@ccbnational.net to have your events added.  Thank you!

BC-Yukon Division

CCB Campbell River White Cane Chapter

CCB Chilliwack & District Chapter – Open House

CCB Comox Valley Chapter

CCB Dogwood Chapter

CCB Kamloops White Cane Chapter

CCB Provincial Book Club Chapter

CCB Sunshine Coast White Cane Chapter – Information Tables at local mall

CCB Vancouver Arts & Culture Lovers

CCB VIBE Creston – Coffee House

New Brunswick Division

CCB Fredericton Club

Newfoundland and Labrador Division

CCB E.A. Baker Club

CCB Faith, Hope & Love Chapter

Nova Scotia Division

CCB Access & Awareness Chapter – Several public informational events

CCB Crafts and Hobbies – Craft Displays

CCB Sydney Curling  Chapter – Display tables

CCB Sydney Chapter

Ontario Division

CCB London Chapter – Display Tables

CCB Pembroke White Cane Chapter – Community Events

CCB Peterborough Chapter – Display Tables

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter – Experience Expo

CCB Waterloo Region Chapter

Prince Edward Island Division

CCB Prince County Chapter – Bowling Tournament

CCB Queensland – Presentations at local schools

Saskatchewan Division

CCB Moose Jaw White Cane Club  – Membership Drive

White Cane Week 2018 is Sunday, February 4 through Saturday, February 11

2018 WCW Feature Chapter: CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter

As part of White Cane Week public awareness and outreach, the CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind, with the generous support of Accessible Media Incorporated (AMI), will host an interactive, hands-on exhibition featuring exhibitors, products and services covering every aspect of the experience of living with vision loss.

From new adaptive technologies to exploring recreation and leisure activities, from expressing yourself through tactile art to navigating with your cell phone, the Experience Expo has something for everyone to see, hear, touch, and experience! And, since many of the exhibits will be staffed by people living with vision loss, visitors can learn directly from those who are bringing their lived experience to the table.

Celebrate with us!

Because one of the experiences of living with vision loss is celebrating our achievements, the Experience Expo will be followed by a community social, a chance for everyone to enjoy some great food, fantastic music, a cash bar and door prizes!

So join us and experience the passion, creativity and wide range of activities, tools and tips for all your senses!

  • Experience Expo: Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 10am to 4pm
  • Community Social: from 4pm to 8pm
  • Location: Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
  • Admission to both the Experience Expo and the Community Social is free!

Please RSVP for the Social by calling the Voice Mail Line at 416-760-2163 or by email at ccbtorontovisionaries@gmail.com.

Contact us for more information.

This year, White Cane Week is celebrated February 4-10, 2018.

You can see footage from last year’s event, on AMI’s website AMI Inside: CCB Conference – WCW Rec & Leisure (season 3, episode 13, March 10, 2017).

2018 White Cane Week Events Across Canada

PLEASE NOTE: If your chapter is hosting WCW events that are not included here, please contact 613-567-0311-1-877-304-0968 or email: ccb@ccbnational.net to have your events added.  Thank you!


CCB Calgary Chapter will host and information event in Calgary Public Library.

CCB Edmonton Chapter members will be competing at the 2018 CVICC in Ottawa.


CCB 100 Mile House & District Chapter will host an open house and information session.

CCB Campbell River White Cane Chapter will be having a WCW event.

CCB Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired Chapter will be having a fundraising event for their camps.

CCB Chilliwack & District Chapter will host a WCW Community Open House.

CCB Comox Valley Chapter will be having a WCW event.

CCB Kamloops White Cane Chapter will be having a WCW event.

CCB Powell River White Cane Chapter will be having a WCW event.

CCB Provincial Book Club will be having a WCW event with a draw for a gift basket.

CCB VIBE Creston Chapter will host and Open House with coffee.


Independent members for Manitoba will be competing in the 2018 CVICC in Ottawa.


CCB Fredericton Club will host a Blind Bowling Tournament.

CCB Saint John Participated in WCW at YMCA


CCB E.A. Baker will be participating in WCW activities.

CCB Helen Keller Club will host bowling, darts, curling and a pizza party.


CCB Access & Awareness Chapter will host awareness and information sessions, with a reception at city hall, and CCB Flag raising ceremony).

CCB Sydney Curling Chapter will host awareness events, members are also participating in the 2018 CVICC.

CCB Sydney Chapter will be presenting awareness and education displays.


CCB Club ‘60’ Barrie Chapter will host an information booth.

CCB Hands of Fire Chapter will participate in the CCB ‘Experience’ Expo.

CCB London Chapter will have a mall display.

CCB Ottawa Chapter will having a chapter display.

CCB Pembroke White Cane Chapter will have displays at seniors residences through the area.

CCB Peterboro White Cane Chapter will have a mall display.

CCB SSM White Cane Matinee Chapter will have a display at Station Mall.

CCB Thunder Bay Chapter will have an awareness booth at a mall.

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter will host the CCB ‘Experience’ Expo, see above for more information.

Media Coverage : https://www.mississauga.com/community-story/8120452-white-cane-week-about-redefining-vision-loss/

CCB Waterloo Region Chapter will participate in the Living Well Expo.


CCB Prince County Chapter will host a bowling fundraising/Awareness event.


CCB Moose Jaw White Cane Club will have a membership drive.

CCB Regina White Cane Club will publicize in the Java Jabbers publication.

White Cane Week Vancouver BC

The first week in February is White Cane Week in Canada. White cane week was started by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) in 1946. It’s a time when various groups make efforts to raise awareness of resources available to people living with any degree of sight loss as well as provide education to the community.

This important week of raising public awareness of the challenges facing Canadians living with sight loss is featuring an open house event at Park Royal South (upstairs near The Brick) on February 8, 2018 from 10:00 am-2:30 pm.

Come and check out what is available to those living with sight loss including service providers, peer support and social clubs, recreation opportunities, technology and guide dogs, and connect with other’s who live with sight loss – ask your questions, enjoy some snacks and every guest is entered into a draw to win a $100 Park Royal gift card.

Sighted guides are available to escort those with sight loss from the PR bus Stops to the open house space and back.

Losing your sight can be devastation but there is a community of resources ready to help support your journey!

“A loss of sight is not a loss of vision”


We could not host this event without the generosity of our community sponsors:

Park Royal Shopping Centre, White Spot (PR), Second Cup (PR), Loblaw’s City Market (PR).

Park Royal Shopping Centre

South mall, upstairs near The Brick

February 8, 2018 from 10am-2:30pm

Contact Amy: 604-763-2695 for guides and inquiries

Inclusion – There’s an App for That!

New Technology Improves Interior Navigation for Everyone


Vancouver, BC, February 9, 2018.  CCB White Cane Week is February 4 to February 10, 2018 – click here for link to CCB website.  As part of CCB White Cane Week and in collaboration with the Vancouver Central Library, Right-Hear Accessible Solutions from Israel and Canadian Assistive Technology, the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) and Gateway Navigation CCC Limited are pleased to present the first indoor audio navigation experience of its kind in Canada. Corry Stuive, representing the CCB and advisor for the Beacon Navigation Project, explains, “Accessibility and inclusion is not just about putting braille on signs, but giving the blind the equal opportunity to hear the information in the same way a sighted person can read them.  This technology creates real inclusion and independence.”

Steve Barclay, President, Canadian Assistive Technology, describes how the BLE (Bluetooth low energy) beacon was deployed at the Vancouver Central Library, “We placed nine of these beacons at decision-making points such as entrances, stairs and elevators around the Vancouver Central Library.  This created nine accessibility zones that provide orientation information. The technology builds an audio road map that any individual with a smartphone and the free Right-Hear app can use to orientate themselves to their immediate surroundings and assist them in navigating the indoor venue independently.  The service can be accessed in multiple languages.” Right-Hear Media Kit: https://app.xtensio.com/folio/46do8nfq

Jim Taggart, Director of Gateway and advocate for social sustainability within the architectural profession, summarizes the Project’s focus, “We are dedicated to improving the accessibility of interior spaces for members of the blind and visually impaired community in Canada. Just as smart phone-based GPS has made exterior navigation easier for everyone, so Gateway imagines a wireless, technology-based network that will make complex buildings, such as airports, transit hubs, shopping malls and public buildings accessible to all those who cannot read signage or interpret other wayfinding cues.”

Mike May, recently appointed Executive Director at Envision, Inc., will be adding his vast experience and knowledge to the panel to discuss the importance of creating accessible and inclusive smart cities. The American Foundation for the Blind recognizes Mike’s past and current contributions as a pioneer and leader in the accessible technology sector.  Mike describes one of his current projects at Envision, Inc., “One of the many exciting projects being undertaken by Envision is using proximity beacons to create smart and accessible bus stops. This will help to connect people with real-time digital technology supported by location based services that will assist all commuters, including blind or visually impaired to travel safely and independently.”

David Brun, Founder Gateway Navigation CCC Limited, reflects, “Working in banking for twenty-years and a life time adjusting to sight loss has reinforced to me the importance of accessibility, inclusion, training and employment so that visually impaired people can fully engage in our society.  That has become both Gateway’s mission and its passion.  Over the last several years, Gateway has participated in discussions with many individuals and organizations to implement the proximity beacon technology into public buildings and spaces in Canada.  We are extremely excited to be launching the Beacon Navigation Project in Vancouver and are committed to promoting accessibility, inclusion, training and employment for blind and disabled people.” For more information visit www.gnc3.com


Beacon Navigation Project

Email: partners@gnc3.com

Website: www.gnc3.com

Albert Ruel

Canadian Council of the Blind

Toll Free Tel: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

David Brun

Gateway Navigation CCC Limited

Tel: 604-499-4818.

White Cane Week 2017 is Sunday, February 5 through Saturday, February 11.


2017 WCW Feature Chapter: CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter

As part of the Canadian Council of the Blind’s ‘White Cane Week’ public awareness campaign in February, the CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter, in collaboration with CNIB Toronto and with the generous sponsorship of Accessible Media Inc., is hosting the 2017 WCW ‘Experience’ Expo, a hands-on, interactive exposition in which exhibitors share their ‘experience’, providing creative, adaptive solutions to all aspects of life with vision loss. Through interactive demonstrations and activities, visitors can ‘experience’ new ways to overcome barriers, gain independence, and live a full, rich life.

Come and engage with dozens of exhibitors to find out what it’s like – hands on – to navigate using a smart phone with Blind Square, test your putting skills – blind-folded! – with the Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers, try your hand at sculpting in clay with Hands of Fire Sculpture Group, or climb onto a tandem bike with Trailblazers Tandem Cycling!  The CNIB will be on hand, demonstrating everything from cooking techniques to screen-readers!  And much, much more!  So come out to the ‘Experience’ Expo, get interactive, try something new, and explore the possibilities!

When:      Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am to 4pm

Where:     CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.

Immediately following the Expo from 4pm to 8pm, the CCB Toronto Visionaries will be holding a Community Social featuring music, food, a cash bar & door prizes!

Admission is free to both the Expo and the Community Social.

PLEASE – if you plan to attend the Community Social, please RSVP to our Voice Mail Line, 416-760-2163 or at ccbtorontovisionaries@gmail.com.

2017 White Cane Week Events Across Canada

PLEASE NOTE: If your chapter is hosting WCW events that are not included here, please accept our apologies and contact 613-567-0311 or 1-877-304-0968 or email: bgoodwin@ccbnational.net to have your events added.  Thank you!


CCB Edmonton Chapter members will be competing at the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa


CCB 100 Mile House & District Chapter will host an open house and information session

CCB Campbell River White Cane Chapter will be advertising and promoting White Cane Week

CCB Camp Bowen Society for the VI Chapter will be providing fundraising support

CCB Chilliwack & District Chapter will host a White Cane Week Open house

CCB Dogwood Chapter will be advertising their chapter and raising awareness

CCB Kelowna Blind Curlers Chapter members will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Langley Chapter will be manning an information table

CCB Penticton Chapter: Luncheon with city officials and CNIB and the Mayor

CCB Powell River Chapter: Public Education Awareness exercise in a mall

CCB Vancouver VocalEye will be holding an event at Park Royal Mall that includes 15 tables and 30 volunteers

CCB VIBE Creston will be hosting a “Get Together” promotional WCW day at a local store


Independent members from Manitoba will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa


CCB Restigouche Club will be holding a Smelt fry



CCB E.A. Baker Club will pay towards transportation costs for WCW events

CCB Helen Keller Club will be participating in bowling, darts & cribbage in Bishop’s Falls

CCB HV-BI Chapter will be holding awareness seminars


CCB Access & Awareness Chapter will be speaking at Dalhousie University and hosting a WCW reception

CCB Crafts & Hobbies Chapter will be having a crafts show promotion

CCB Sydney Chapter will be making presentations at local schools

CCB Sydney Curling Chapter will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa


CCB Waterloo Regional Chapter members will be defending their title as TEAM CANADA in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Ottawa Chapter will be promoting Ottawa Chapter print materials

CCB Peel Chapter will be setting up WCW information tables at malls and in community spaces

CCB Pembroke WC Chapter is setting up displays in 7 libraries in Renfrew County and preparing mail outs to local eye care professionals and municipal offices.

CCB Toronto Curlers Chapter will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter is this year’s feature Chapter (see beginning of article)

CCB Waterloo Regional Chapter curling members will be defending their title as TEAM CANADA in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Waterloo Regional Club will also be supporting the May Walk-a-thon and Seniors Expo in June

CCB Sault St. Marie Chapter will set up information tables at Station Mall


CCB Prince County Chapter will be hosting a bowling tournament

CCB Queensland Chapter will be providing transportation and school presentations


CCB Moose Jaw White Cane Club is sponsoring sign boards around Moose Jaw

CCB Regina Chapter curling members will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Regina Chapter is placing advertisement in Java Jabbers


2016 White Cane Week was Sunday, February 7 – Saturday, February 13, 2016

Events included:


CCB 100 Mile House & District Chapter: Open house

CCB Camp Bowen Society for the VI Chapter: Open house and awareness day on Bowen Island

CCB Chilliwack & District Chapter: Open house

CCP Penticton Chapter: Luncheon with city officials and CNIB from Kelowna to discuss accessibility for visually impaired persons.

CCB PoCo VIP Chapter (Port Coquitlam): Open house and pub night.

CCB Powell River Chapter: Education display at city hall

CCB Provincial Book Club Chapter: Information Booth


CCB Miramichi Chapter: Visits to a number of schools in District 16

CCB Restigouche Club: Smelt fry

CCB Saint John Club: Breakfast


 CCB Helen Keller Club: Bowling, darts, cribbage in Bishop’s Falls


CCB Access & Awareness Chapter:

“In 2015, the Access & Awareness NS Chapter had events scheduled for almost every day of White Cane Week.  Due to severe winter weather conditions, each and every event had to be cancelled.  This year, 2016, we have one major event scheduled but our awareness activities are taking place at an increased rate during the year.

On Monday, February 8th, our Chapter will be hosting a major reception at the new Central Library in the core of downtown Halifax.  Invitations to this reception have been sent to all in the blind/partially population as well as Provincial government members (all parties), Municipal government members, a wide variety of disability organizations and prominent individuals in the wider community.  There will be refreshments available as well as recorded background music by local blind/partially sighted musicians.  We will also have five draws for baskets containing almost $1,000 worth of items.  We expect a large turnout.

Our awareness activities have been taking place throughout the year – we have begun “First Voice Conversations” and recently spoke with over 60 librarians and library staff, in three sessions, each taking one and one half hours.  Feedback was extremely positive. We will have our annual White Cane and Dog Guide walk in June as part of Access Awareness Week in N.S. and we will also be holding a “Technology on a Budget” day long workshop on June 4. Chapter members have been invited to speak to school children regarding their experiences, especially those members with guide dogs.

These are just a few of our ongoing awareness activities.”

CCB Crafts & Hobbies Chapter: Making decorative items to mark the 75th year of CCB

CCB Sydney Chapter: Awareness table

CCB Sydney Curling Chapter: Advertising and awareness


CCB Club 60 Barrie: Mall display

CCB London VI Curling Chapter: Curling

CCB Pembroke WC Chapter: Library displays in Deep River, Petawawa, Pembroke, Renfrew, and Arnprior; mall displays in Pembroke

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter: Rec & Leisure Show February 6th, 2016

CCB Waterloo Regional Club: Salute the Seniors event at Kitchener City Hall in June; booth at mall in Waterloo

CCB Windsor/Essex Low Vision Social & Support Group Chatper: Information day


CCB Prince County Chapter: Bowling


CCB Regina Chapter: Advertisement in Java Jabbers


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