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Celebrated moments in our almost 50 year history

Our Annual Scientific Meeting

Held every year in various Canadian cities since the late 1970s.  Most were operated solely by the Society, but two meetings were conjoint with the American Pain Society (Toronto 1988; Vancouver 2004) and two were held conjointly with the British Pain Society (Halifax 1985; Edinburgh 2011).

Our 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting is being held May 10-12 in the beautiful Banff, Alberta.

National Pain Strategy/National Pain Summit

Provided part of the impetus behind the recent creation of the Canadian Pain Task Force associated with Health Canada.

The Canadian Pain Task Force was established in 2019 to provide advice and information to Health Canada to inform an improved approach to prevent and manage chronic pain. Its final report, An Action Plan for Pain in Canada, lays out numerous recommendations for targeted actions necessary to improve outcomes for the nearly eight million Canadians living with chronic pain and to reduce pain’s impact on families, communities, and society.

National Pain Awareness Week

A call for action to #PrioritizePain in Canada.  Established about 25 years ago through the joint initiative of the Society and its patient partners, such as the Canadian Pain Coalition.  National Pain Awareness Week (November) is a time to raise awareness of chronic pain and its impact on the one in five Canadians who live with it.  

The Canadian Journal of Pain

An open Access, international, peer-reviewed journal which covers cutting-edge research in the field of pain science. It includes topics such as basic science, multidisciplinary clinical research & implementation science.

Awards and Grants

Our awards and grants recognize individuals who have significantly and positively influenced pain research, management, education, or advocacy. The awards are typically presented at the annual dinner held in association with the Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

Special Interest Groups

Interventional Pain; Interprofessional Pain Management; Neuropathic Pain. These Special Interest Groups usually meet during the Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting and also engage their members in other activities during the year.

World Congress on Pain, Montreal

The international “Pain Summit” resulting in “The Declaration of Montreal” which (in a 'nutshell') proposed that all people have the right to be able to access appropriate assessment and treatment for pain.

Collaborations with Research Networks and Government Agencies

This includes the Réseau québécois de recherche sur la douleur du Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, and the Chronic Pain Network of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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