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October Marks Several Causes & Organizations Burlington Community Recognizes & Supports

October Months of Recognition and Awareness

October marks several causes and organizations that members of our city and community are connected to and support — we’d like to bring awareness and recognition to some of them.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month in Canada looks to spread information on the features and social effects of autism and educate Canadians on acceptance. The aim is to create a more inclusive Canada and to teach one another to be understanding and kind. In October, take the opportunity to learn more about autism and how to support people living with autism, and their families and caregivers. For more information and/or resources, please visit

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized in order to support people living with breast cancer, and to work together to create a better future. This campaign also encourages women to take control of their health and talk to their providers about early detection measures like regularly screenings with mammograms. The City of Burlington encourages all of our residents to educate themselves on breast cancer, and recognize the strong women in our community who are battling this disease. For more information and/or resources, please visit

Canada Library Month

Canada Library Month marks a time to bring awareness to the valuable role libraries play in Canadians lives. Libraries aren’t just place to borrow books; they’re community hubs, promote cultural awareness, provide educational programs, and help people of all ages explore their creativity. Burlington boasts several incredible libraries across our city and encourage everyone to drop by and see for themselves everything that their local libraries have to offer them. For more information, please visit and don’t forget to check out the incredible and vast resources our own Burlington Public Library has to offer at

Car Safety Month

Car Safety Month is a campaign designed to remind people to get their vehicles ready in advance of the harsh Canadian winters. It’s always best to get your car checked before the temperature drops and make sure your car is running smoothly and efficiently. October is the perfect time to make sure and small or big auto problems are fixed ahead of the first snowfall. Car Safety Month teaches Canadians the importance of pre-winter inspection and maintenance needs. For more information and/or resources, visit

Islamic History Month

Islamic History Month in October aims to celebrate, inform, educate, and share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim history and contributions to society: Contributions in sciences, humanities, medicine, astronomy, and other disciplines that have greatly benefited human progress. The City of Burlington recognizes the contributions of the Islamic community in the shaping of the social, economic, cultural, and historical fabric of Burlington. For  more information and/or resources, visit

Islamic Heritage Month

Islamic Heritage Month looks to provide all Ontarians with opportunities to reflect, celebrate and learn about the rich and longstanding Islamic history, and the diverse roles and contributions of Muslim people in communities across Ontario. Through the teaching of Islamic culture to current and future generations, we can help combat anti-Islamic sentiment and ensure that everyone in our community feels welcomed, safe, and accepted. For more information and/or resources, please visit Halton Islamic Association at

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month helps raise awareness and works to reduce stigma about learning disabilities so people are able to reach out and get the supports they need to reach their potential. Those with learning disabilities face many barriers, and it’s important to educate our community on the different types of learning disabilities, and where to go to for resources and assistance. For more information and/or resources, visit Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario at

Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational Therapy Month marks a time to recognize occupational therapists and the important work they do. Occupational Therapists are critical health-care workers who help Canadians overcome their physical, mental and cognitive barriers, and because of the services they provide, Canadians are able to live full lives and participate in activities they enjoy. Take time in October to recognize our local Occupational Therapists in Burlington and thank them for all their hard work as front-line essential workers. For more information and/or resources, visit the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists at

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month aims to educate Canadians on the history of women in Canada and bring awareness to incredible women who have shaped our society today. This year’s Women’s History Month theme is Women Making History Now, which recognizes the amazing women making a lasting impact in our country, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in their work to advance Indigenous reconciliation. For more information and/or resources, visit

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