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National Infection Control Week

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Public Health Ontario
NICW Primer

Infection Control Week Planning and Communication Toolkit

Infection Control Week Promotional Toolkit

FrenchOctober 17-20, 2022

Spread Prevention - not infection

A message from the President of IPAC Canada

The third week in October is designated as National Infection Control Week (NICW) in Canada and the U.S. In Canada, Infection Control Week originated in 1988 to highlight infection control efforts in Canadian hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community. It was an opportunity for infection control professionals to educate staff and the community about the importance of infection prevention and to promote the important work that was being done by infection control professionals in a visible and fun way. In 1989 the federal government proclaimed Infection Control Week as an annual event.

This web page is provided by IPAC Canada to assist you in planning and implementing Infection Control Week in your facility. Whether your event spans the entire week or only one day, whether it is large or small, you might find some useful information, tips and tools here to use to help with its success and save you some time and resources.


Congratulations to the winner
of the 2022 Ecolab Poster Contest

David Ryding BHSc BASc CPHI(C) CIC MPH
Public Health Ontario
Kingston, Ontario

Poster Contest Hosted by: IPAC Central East Ontario
Poster Contest Sponsored by 


2022 Ecolab Poster English

2022 Ecolab poster French

The basic advice of infection prevention and control:  SPREAD PREVENTION – NOT INFECTION.  This is a tenet that has been effective since the early days of Pasteur, Koch, Lister, Florence Nightingale, and Semmelweiss. Lives have been saved because of this rallying cry.  Spread the word about prevention; stop preventable infections. 

NOTE: Posters are copyright to IPAC Canada and may not be altered. Permission is required to use the poster image in publications or informational materials.

Poster is available to the public to download until October 31, 2022.
English / French.

Deadline for bulk orders August 5, 2022
Click here for bulk order form

ICW Activities Around The Country

Are you or others in your chapter planning something interesting or different? Would you like to share your experiences with others? We would love to hear from you with a description of your event - what did you do, how did you go about it, what worked well and what would you do differently the next time - as well as any useful tools you would like to offer to others to help with future events. Send your summary and information to the IPAC Canada main office, Attention Webmaster.