Request a Proclamation

Getting October 15 proclaimed across the country is one way of raising awareness of pregnancy and infant loss with the general public. Proclamations (or declarations) are possible on various levels: We are hoping to receive support from parents from around the country to put forward requests for recognition of the day as awareness and remembrance day. We provide some sample letters and templates on this page.

City

Mayors or city councils often have the ability to proclaim days to recognize the value and importance of an event that has relevance for the city. Below is an incomplete list of cities with links to more information on their website about proclamations or the application form. We will try to capture the application status as well. If you are submitting a proclamation request, please let us know so that we can update the status!
Province City Status 2014 Status 2015 Status 2016
British Columbia Vancouver Proclaimed Proclaimed Proclaimed
British Columbia Port Coquitlam   Proclaimed  
British Columbia Richmond Proclaimed Planned  
British Columbia Victoria Proclaimed Requested  
British Columbia District of Saanich Proclaimed Proclaimed  
British Columbia Langley No proclamations, but will read out the request in televised council meeting. N/A N/A
British Columbia Courtenay Proclaimed Open  
British Columbia Comox Planned Open  
British Columbia Cumberland Planned Open  
British Columbia Campbell River Proclaimed Proclaimed  
British Columbia Kamloops Open Open  
Alberta Edmonton Submitted Open  
Alberta Grande Prairie Proclaimed Open  
Alberta Lacombe     No proclamations
Alberta Strathcona County Proclaimed Open  
Alberta St. Albert Declined N/A  
Alberta Beaumont Planned Open  
Alberta Leduc Planned Open  
Alberta Stony Plain Planned Open  
Alberta Spruce Grove No proclamations N/A N/A
Manitoba Winnipeg Open Open  
Saskatchewan Regina Planned Open  
Saskatchewan Saskatoon Proclaimed Open  
Saskatchewan Estevan Proclaimed Open  
Saskatchewan Prince Albert Proclaimed Open  

Provinces and Territories

To get the day recognized on provincial level we suggest to contact your local MLA to support such a proclamation. Feel free to use our sample letter to initiate the process.

Proclamation vs. Declaration

Proclamations are an official announcement on that day of that year. Most provinces proclaim awareness days which means the request has to be put forward and get approved year after year. Declarations are an official announcement on that day of every year till the end of time.

The following table shows an incomplete picture of the status of the recognition of the day in each Canadian province and territory. We will update the table as new information becomes available.
Province/Territory Proclamation or Declaration Year(s) Status 2016
Alberta
British Columbia Proclamations only 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Proclaimed
Manitoba Declared for every year 2009 Declared
New Brunswick Declared for every year 2005 Declared
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Declared for every year 2013 Declared
Nova Scotia Proclamation required each year (special act could establish day in perpetuity) 2008, 2009
Nunavut
Ontario Declared for every year Bill 141 passed in December 2015. 2015 Declared
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan 2014, 2015
Yukon

Sample Letters and Templates

Proclamations