Since 1946, thanks to the CCB’s initiative, the first full week of February has traditionally been celebrated as “White Cane Week” in Canada.

The objective of White Cane Week nationally has always been educational.

From the first ever White Cane Week with only a handful of individuals who were blind or vision impaired participating, White Cane Week has become a national network of special events, hands-on demonstrations, open houses, and tours taking place from coast to coast.

In early years, the Week was used to demonstrate the concerns for good rehabilitation and blindness prevention. However, in more recent times, events have begun to emphasize the equal capabilities and talents of people who are blind and visually impaired.

Over the years, the White Cane Week program has evolved to reflect the changing situations of people who are blind and vision impaired.