Purple Day

Purple Day LogoPurple Day is an International Epilepsy Awareness initiative created by Nova Scotia’s Cassidy Megan when she was 9 years old.

In June 2012, the Canadian government passed The Purple Day Act, declaring March 26, “Purple Day”, the official day for Epilepsy Awareness across Canada. The excitement spread and the entire month of March is now regarded as Epilepsy Awareness Month.

We invite you to get in on the fun while helping raise awareness by simply wearing purple or participating in #ThumbsUpforEpilepsy, holding a Purple Day event at your school or workplace such as a bake/jewelry sale, open mic/concert, run/walk/dance/skateathon, photobooth, paint/flower/terrarium night, and more – the possibilities are endless. Email us at info@epilepsyottawa.ca for details on how to get started setting up your own fundraiser.

Purple Day 2020


Join us for an afternoon of family fun and community at Ottawa City Hall in celebration of Purple Day for Epilepsy! Things kick off at 2pm when we raise the epilepsy flag in front of city hall. Then we’ll head in to Jean Pigott Place to enjoy activities including midway games, a candy bar (with candy bartenders), face painting, a community art project, #Iam1in100 photo booth, Thumbs Up for Epilepsy nail salon, refreshments, and more!

Stop by between 2pm and 4pm and don’t forget to wear purple!


Purple Day 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Epilepsy Ottawa’s Purple Day Celebration on March 24, 2019! We’d also like to thank:

  • Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas for presenting the 2019 Purple Day proclamation from the City of Ottawa
  • MPP Jeremy Roberts for sharing his personal connection to epilepsy
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Andrea Porter and CHEO’s Dr. Asif Doja for helping us launch Clinic to Community for families with epilepsy in Eastern Ontario
  • Our generous sponsors UCB Pharmaceutical and Eisai Limited
  • Ottawa City Woodshop for creating and donating hand-crafted midway games
  • VIA Rail and Ingenium — Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation for their door-prize donations
  • Epilepsie Outaouais for joining us so we could host families in both English and French.


Photos from Purple Day 2018