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.


What’s New

Board of Directors Nominations are now open

April, 2019

Three positions are up for election on our Board of Directors for the coming year:

  • Regional Rep, Quebec
  • Regional Rep, Atlantic
  • Secretary

The nomination deadline is July 15, 2019. Please see the 2019 Board of Directors Nomination Package for more information.

Joint Position Statement on Harm Reduction released

April, 2018

The Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care (CANAC), in partnership with the CNA and the Harm Reduction Nurses Association (HRNA) are pleased to release a joint position statement on Harm Reduction and Substance Use.

Harm reduction is an essential approach to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of substance use without requiring abstinence.

Read more in the joint position statement.

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.

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.

HIV core competencies

June, 2015

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

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