Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science - Société canadienne de science de laboratoire médical

National Medical Laboratory Week 2021

April 11 – 17

This National Medical Laboratory Week, we’re encouraging Canadians to take a closer look at what medical laboratory professionals do. Let’s celebrate all you do and tell Canada about your crucial role in patient care.

Lab Week 2021 will look a bit different — we’re going virtual! We designed new tools to help you join the celebration and share your love for the lab with just the click of a button. Watch for more items to be added to the toolkit and a few fun surprises.

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Virtual Photo Booth

Say cheese! Take a Lab Week selfie with the virtual photo booth and make it your own with custom backgrounds and stickers. Then, share it with friends or on social media to spread the Lab Week cheer. Plus, you can enter your photo to be part of a special 2021 Lab Week collage.

Lights for Lab Week

Landmarks across Canada are joining the Lab Week celebration with indigo light displays to show their support for the medical laboratory profession. Take a look at the schedule below for the light displays confirmed to date. Keep checking back for updates.

Please follow public health guidelines if you choose to visit a landmark.

Landmark Where When (all times local)
“The Dome” at Science World Vancouver, British Columbia April 14th
7:05 PM – 2:00 AM
Canada Place Sails of Light Vancouver, British Columbia April 14th
From dusk until dawn
Calgary Tower Calgary, Alberta April 14th
2:55 AM – 7:42 AM and
8:30 PM – 2:54 AM
Reconciliation Bridge Calgary, Alberta April 14th
12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
Sylvan Lake Lighthouse Sylvan Lake, Alberta April 13 – 16th
High Level Bridge Edmonton, Alberta April 14th
10 minutes before sunset until midnight
SaskTel Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 14th
Dusk until 12:00 AM
River Landing East Tower Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 11 – 17th
Winnipeg City Sign Winnipeg, Manitoba April 14th – 15th
5:00 AM to 5:00 AM
Hamilton City Sign Hamilton, Ontario April 12th
7:00 PM TO 8:00 AM
CN Tower Toronto, Ontario (watch online) April 14th
Sunset, with light shows during the first half hour of each hour
Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario (watch online) April 14th
10:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Shaw Centre Ottawa, Ontario April 11 – 17th
Charlottetown City Hall Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island April 14th
8:00 PM
Nova Scotia Provincial Legislature Halifax, Nova Scotia April 11 – 17th
After dusk
Halifax City Hall Halifax, Nova Scotia April 11 – 17th
15 minutes before sunset to 8:00 AM
The Big Fiddle Sydney, Nova Scotia April 11 – 17th
30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise

Social Media Toolkit

Say it on social! Explore this new social media toolkit filled with assets and messages to help you participate in Lab Week with just the click of a button. Use these pre-written sample posts, profile photos, banners and hashtags as part of the virtual Lab Week celebrations to show your professional pride.

Do-It-Yourself Toolkit

Download, print, and share these items to help spread the Lab Week cheer and raise awareness of the profession. Have some fun while helping Canadians – and the rest of the health care team – take a closer look at all you do.


Show your e-ppreciation! Send a custom e-card to your employee, colleague, team or friend.

Word Search Puzzle

Make it fun! Challenge yourself or others by downloading and printing a med lab word search puzzle.

Sticker Printouts

Make your message stick! Download and print fun, full-colour Lab Week stickers.
(Stickers are sized to print standard Avery 22807 labels)

Stat Cards

Start the conversation! Stat cards are a great way to show the public how medical laboratory science is a vital part of the health care system. Download, print, or include them in a display.

Email Signature

Sign it with pride! Help spread the word about National Medical Laboratory Week with every email.
(To set up in Outlook, simply open "New email" and click on "Signature." Copy and paste the email signature template in the "Edit Signature" space provided.)


Print your own posters with this downloadable file.

Visit Website

Share this website to help the public take a closer look at all you do for health care.

Fact Sheet

Raise awareness of all that you do with this medical laboratory fact sheet.


Get inspired! Gather some ideas on how to celebrate and advocate for Lab Week using this handbook.
*Please follow local guidelines and prioritize your safety when planning any activities.

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