ribbon The Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care (CANAC) is a national professional nursing organization committed to fostering excellence in HIV/AIDS nursing, promoting the health, rights and dignity of persons affected by HIV/AIDS and to preventing the spread of HIV infection.

CANAC’s members hail from all regions of Canada working in clinical practice, education, research and/or administration. We have a proud history of working in collaboration with other nursing organizations and with the international HIV/AIDS community. Volunteerism and solidarity with those affected by HIV/AIDS are the heart and soul of our organization.

Find out more about what we do, here.


  • 26th Annual Conference

    CANAC is hosting its 26th Annual National Conference from April 5-7 2018 in Vancouver, BC

    Find all the details here!

    ***Abstract Submissions are now closed***

    ***Early Bird Conference Registration EXTENDED to Feb 28th !***


What’s New

26th Annual Conference: Registration is Open

January, 2018

Call for Abstracts and Workshops: 26th Annual Conference

November, 2017

CANAC is pleased to invite abstracts for workshops and oral presentations for our 26th Annual Conference, Acting Up, Reducing Harm: Clinical Practice and Advocacy in the Context of Crisis, to be held in Vancouver, BC on April 5-7, 2018.

Call for Abstracts and Workshop Outlines (English)

Appel de résumés et d’ateliers (français)



CANAC launches new Online Membership Portal

October, 2017

Illicit drug overdoses in BC: The crisis deepens

June, 2017

An average of 4 people died from illicit drug use every day this May reports the BC Coroners Service.

A total of 129 British Columbians died of overdose in May 2017 – that’s a 158% increase over May 2016. Until November 2016, B.C. had never seen as many as 100 drug deaths in a single month. In every month since then, the number has exceeded 110, with the all-time high being December 2016 with 159 deaths.

The total overdose death toll for 2017 is now 640 people. That’s nearly twice the number at this time last year. 2016 is currently the deadliest year on record for overdoses in BC but it looks like 2017 will be even deadlier and officials are expecting over 1200 deaths with 7 more months before year’s end.

“The number of deaths shows that the risks remain extreme,” said Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe, in a statement. “The drug supply is unsafe, and casual and occasional users are at high risk of overdose due to their opioid naiveté.”

The BC Coroners Service says that the proportion of illicit drug deaths where fentanyl was detected continues to climb. During 2016, the proportion of fentanyl-related deaths stayed the same at about 60% but in the first four months of 2017, that figure rose to 72%, indicating continued toxicity within the drug supply.

Connections Summer 2017

June, 2017

Heroin Assisted Treatment information

March, 2017

Visit our new page on Harm Reduction to learn about Harm Reduction, Heroin Assisted Treatment and more.   For a powerful introduction, click on the link to learn from patients and staff at Vancouver’s  Crosstown Clinic

Position Statement for the Support of Nurses Living with HIV

November, 2015

Read CANAC’s new Position Statement, here.

LGBTI human rights

October, 2015

CANAC endorses the Dignity Initiative to advance LGBTI human rights globally.

Access to medicines

October, 2015

CANAC joins other organizations to raise questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and its impact on access to medicines.

Support. Don’t Punish

June, 2015

CANAC joins the international campaign Support. Don’t Punish.

HIV core competencies

June, 2015

CANAC publishes the result of a pilot project on HIV core competencies.

Human rights and drug policy

May, 2015

CANAC participates in a joint submission to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding human rights and drug policy.


May, 2015

The work of CANAC is featured in the Canadian Nurse.

CANAC at the Senate

May, 2015

CANAC testifies at the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Bill C-2 at the Senate

April, 2015

CANAC submits brief on Bill C-2 to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

Download the PDF

Coalition for SIS

March, 2015

The Coalition of Nurses and Nursing Students for Supervised Injections Services

The Coalition of Nurses and Nursing Students for Supervised Injections Services is launched.


February, 2015

CANAC joins the Canadian UNGASS Working Group (UNGASS stands for United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs).

Bill C-2 at the House of Commons

October, 2014

CANAC submits brief on Bill C-2 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

Download the PDF

Supporting students

March, 2014

Nursing students develop video against Bill C-2 with the support of CANAC.

Watch here.

Harm Reduction = Nursing Care Facebook campaign

January, 2014

CANAC launches the Harm Reduction = Nursing Care Facebook campaign in partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association.

Other Information
  • Get in Touch

    If you need to contact a specific member, please visit our directory.

  • Mission Statment

    The mission of CANAC is to recognize and foster excellence in HIV/AIDS nursing through education, mentorship and support. Read full statement.
  • Member Portal

    Maintain your CANAC membership through our online member portal.