Two people cleaning their hands

Clean Your Hands Day  

Thank you to everyone who participated in Clean Your Hands Day on May 5, 2021.

We saw strong social media engagement. The hashtag #CleanYourHandsDay had almost 2 million impressions. Plus, a tremendous number of people from across Canada accessed our free hand hygiene resources.

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going

Although Clean Your Hands Day has passed, let’s continue to thank everyone who’s making a difference by following public health measures, including cleaning their hands.

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  • Clean Your Hands Day

Together, our efforts have saved lives, protected those who are vulnerable and supported friends, families and neighbours in our communities.

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.

Access and share hand hygiene resources to keep yourself and others safe

Hand Hygiene Resources

Make clean hands your habit – it protects all of us

About Clean Your Hands Day

Clean Your Hands Day, led by Healthcare Excellence Canada and supported by partners, is being conducted in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign.

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.


IPAC Canada

Patients for Patient Safety Canada

L’Association des infirmières en prévention des infections

Public Health Ontario


Public Health Agency of Canada