Clean Your Hands Day  

May 5, 2021 


Whether you’re a member of the public, patient, visitor, essential care partner, provider or work in a healthcare setting, maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene are very important personal practices that help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others. 

Clean Your Hands Day, led by Healthcare Excellence Canada, takes place on May 5, 2021. The campaign is being conducted in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. Partners include the Public Health Agency of Canada, Infection Prevention and Control Canada, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, Public Health Ontario, Health Standards Organization, and L’Association des infirmières en prévention des infections. 

In 2021, Healthcare Excellence Canada changed the name of STOP! Clean Your Hands Day to Clean Your Hands Day to reflect the importance of not stopping what we’re doing – namely, following public health guidance, including cleaning our hands. It’s making a difference.  

In late April, we will release materials, on this web page, that we can all use to participate in the Clean Your Hands Day campaign.  There will be social media, emails and web graphics, along with a communications toolkit containing messaging and tips for participating in the campaign.  Stay tuned!  


IPAC Canada 

Patients for Patient Safety Canada 

Public Health Agency of Canada 

Public Heath Ontario 


L’Association des infirmières en prévention des infections