ScotiaBank Aids Walk for Life Backgrounder

ScotiaBankAWFL_bannerScotiabank AIDS Walk for Life 2013

  • Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life 2013 will be held in 50 communities across Canada from September 14 to 22.
  • The web-based registration and donation system through the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life website makes it even easier to support the cause. The majority of fundraising activity occurs on-line.  It is secure and simple to use and official tax receipts are issued within seconds in most cases.
  • The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is Canada’s most important HIV/AIDS fundraising and awareness event.
  • The Walk strives to educate Canadians about the social, cultural, and economic issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in their communities.
  • Events are hosted by Canadian AIDS Society member organisations.  All proceeds from the Walk support local community programs and services that directly benefit people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The funds stay in the communities in which they were raised.
  • The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a project of the Canadian AIDS Society in partnership with the Positive Living Society of British Columbia, AIDS Committee of Toronto, and community-based AIDS Service organizations across Canada.
  • Scotiabank continues its multi-year commitment as the title sponsor for the AIDS Walk.



  • The first fundraising and awareness walk for HIV/AIDS in Canada was held in Vancouver in 1986.
  • In subsequent years, various communities across Canada independently held their own fundraising and awareness walks for HIV/AIDS.
  • The Walk became a national event in 1996.  At that time, the Canadian AIDS Society agreed to coordinate and manage what was then known as AIDS Walk Canada.
  • Since 1996, the national Walk has raised over $38 million dollars for community-based AIDS service organizations and has attracted well over half a million participants.

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