Purple Day

children wearing purple in a classroom

Mark your calendars! March is Epilepsy Awareness Month and Purple Day is March 26th, a day dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy around the world.

How can you get involved? Here are some ideas: wear purple to show your support, fundraise for your local epilepsy organization, or start a discussion with others around you to help educate them about epilepsy. See below for some more ideas about how you can get involved.

Let’s Paint the City Purple for Purple Day!

How will you be celebrating Purple Day this year? We want to see! Help us paint the city purple for epilepsy awareness. Whether you’re…
  • Wearing purple;
  • Sharing epilepsy resources at your workplace;
  • Making Purple Day signs and decorating your windows or front door, or;
  • Making an educational video on your social media.
We want to see all of your creative ideas to help spread epilepsy awareness on March 26th.

Tag us on social media at @epilepsytoronto (InstagramTwitterFacebook) and use the hashtag #PurpleDayTO so we can share your photos and paint the city purple!

Bring Purple Day to Your School


Epilepsy Awareness Month is all about spreading awareness and educating others about epilepsy to help end the stigma surrounding the condition. What better way to celebrate than by helping educate your children’s peers about epilepsy?Epilepsy Toronto’s Children and Youth Services Department have developed a full lesson plan, including an educational video and learning activities, that your child can bring to their classroom for Purple Day on March 26th. All you have to do is contact your child’s educator and provide them with the digital resources.

Public School Classroom Kit

Catholic School Classroom Kit

And we can come to you! Epilepsy Toronto and Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry provide fun, age-appropriate presentations about all things epilepsy for your child’s school or classroom. All you have to do is complete a presentation request form below:

Purple Day Art Contest


Calling all Picasso’s! We know we have some talented young artists out there and we want to see what you can do! Submit an 8.5 x 11 inch (letter size) art piece showing your love and support for people living with epilepsy for Epilepsy Awareness Month.That could mean drawing a picture of someone you know with epilepsy, a picture of yourself,  a picture of you wearing purple, or whatever Purple Day means to you – get creative!

Winners selected will be featured in an very exciting upcoming project for Epilepsy Toronto and will also be posted on our social media throughout Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Contest Details

  • Must be 18 years of age or younger.
  • If under the age of majority in your province, individuals must provide consent from a parent or guardian to enter.
  • How to enter: Submit your photo below or mail your art to our head office with your submission details. Please include all of the information provided in the fields below (e.g. Name, Age, Email, etc.)
  • Head office Address: 468 Queen St E Suite 210, Toronto, ON M5A 1T7
  • Contest deadline is April 1st, 2022 

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    Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, avif, tiff, Max. file size: 200 MB.
    Terms and Conditions

    1.   To be eligible to enter the contest, an individual must:
    • Be a legal resident of Canada.
    • Be the sole owner of all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the work submitted in connection with the contest; and
    • If under the age of majority in your province, individuals must provide consent from a parent or guardian to enter.

    2. All entries, including, if applicable, any video submitted in connection with the contest entry (the “Work”), become the sole property of the Contest Organizers (Epilepsy Toronto). Entries must be received prior to the indicated contest period entry deadline.

    3. The organizers shall not assume any liability for lost, damaged or misdirected prizes. 4. By participating in the contest, each entrant: (i) grants to the organizers the right to use his/her personal information provided when he/she enters the Contest and the Work (if applicable) (collectively the “Personal Information”) for the purpose of administering the contest, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the winners and coordinating the provision of the contest prize; (ii) grants to the organizers the right to use his/her Personal Information for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the contest in any and all media without further compensation unless prohibited by law; and (iii) acknowledges that the Sponsors may disclose his/her Personal Information to third-party agents and service providers of the Sponsors in connection with any of the activities listed in (i) and/or (ii) above.

    5. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by any social media platforms on which the Contest may have been promoted and/or publicized, including but not limited to Facebook and/or Twitter. 

    The Story of Purple Day

    pd01Purple Day, March 26th, was started in 2008 by a little girl in Nova Scotia called Cassidy who wanted her friends to know what it really meant for her to live with epilepsy. A child’s dream of sharing her story has turned into a recognized, global movement to raise awareness for epilepsy on March 26th. Visit www.purpleday.org to get more information about her initiative. March 26th is now official Purple Day in Canada thanks to the passage of a federal private members bill supported by all parties in Parliament last year. This year people from all parts of Canada will be wearing purple and working to educate the community about epilepsy: a condition that affects 1 in 100 Canadians but is still very misunderstood by the public. Individuals and groups in our community are working with Epilepsy Toronto to plan events that will help bring better public awareness about the facts and realities of epilepsy. You can show your support by wearing purple on March 26th, and encouraging others to do the same.

    #1in100 Campaign!

    To learn how you can be apart of it, click HERE.

    Click on one of the buttons below to download a printable Purple Day Poster to post in you community.