Every four hours, someone across Canada has a lower limb amputation due to a non-healing or infected diabetic foot ulcer (Diabetes Canada, 2015). Research shows this number is on the rise, with the average lower-limb amputation rate in Ontario twice as high as other high-income jurisdictions with publicly funded health systems (Hussain et al., 2019; Behrendt, 2018).

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is on November 14, 2022!

Wounds Canada is pleased to join the largest diabetes awareness campaign in the world to raise awareness and confront diabetes as a critical global health issue, along with our partners in awareness D-Foot International and The Canadian Podiatric Medical Association.

To learn more, has developed an extensive media materials package and resources.

Key Messages (in English and French)


Diabetic Footcare Pathway


What can you do to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day?

  •  Get involved on social media! Follow Wounds Canada's awareness campaigns on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and amplify our message and important prevention resources throughout the month of November.
  • Use the hashtags #WorldDiabetesDay, #EducationToProtect and #ActAgainstAmputation to post your own awareness message and join the global conversation.
  • Every person with diabetes and foot complications can learn the importance of self-management. Wounds Canada has a variety of resources to help patients, caregivers, health-care providers and policy makers #ActAgainstAmputation on our Wounds Canada and Diabetes, Healthy Feet and You websites. (We’ll be highlighting our favourites throughout the month. Please share any that you find helpful!)
  • Check out Wounds Canada's Diabetic Foot Ulcer page for key resources to share. 
  • Download free resources, including posters and fact sheets to spread the word.
  • Share your diabetes story as a patient, caregiver or health-care provider on social media and through our online submission portals: Patient/Caregiver Stories and Health-care Provider Stories.
  • Find out what's happening around the globe in the area of diabetic foot and limb preservation by joining the free program: Crusade against lower limb amputations, from November 7 to 14, 2022.

Our Awareness Partners