National Animal Welfare Conference

Save the date for Canada’s largest and best attended National Animal Welfare Conference. April 6-8, 2021

With a fall mini event on December 15, 2020

Humane Canada™ is proud to present a spin-off event to Canada’s largest animal welfare conference in the fall of 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we do business, and the animal welfare sector is no exception. We want to support humane societies and SPCAs and their staff by providing them with the tools and support to care for their mental health and navigate the waters of working in a pandemic world.

The mini event will be hosted online on Tuesday, December 15 for half a day (exact times to be announced soon). It will include a session on mental health, a mindfulness activity that may include our companion animals, and a session on working effectively from home.

Staff and volunteers of humane societies and SPCAs that are members of Humane Canada™ will have access to discounted registration, and all attendees, regardless of their membership status, will receive a discount code to be applied towards the 2021 National Animal Welfare Conference registration fee (hosted online Apr 6 – 8, 2021).

Do you have knowledge or experience to share related to animal welfare – Apply to speak at the 2021 conference

Speaking at our annual conference is your chance to share your cutting-edge animal welfare knowledge with a national and international audience of your peers. It will help you expand your professional network and help others work more effectively for Canada’s animals.

We are currently seeking abstracts under the following educational themes:

  • Canine Welfare and Behaviour
  • Challenges to Effective Legal Protection for Animals
  • Community-Supported Animal Sheltering
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation
  • Farmed Animal Welfare and Behaviour
  • Feline Welfare and Behaviour

To learn more about presenting at NAWC 2021 and to submit your abstract, please click on the link below. Deadline for application is November 2, 2020.


About the National Animal Welfare Conference:

The National Animal Welfare Conference, NAWC, is the biggest and best-attended animal welfare conference in Canada, held in a different Canadian city every spring since 2014. In 2021 we are expecting to gather over 1,200 attendees online from across Canada and abroad.

The conference is an annual professional development and community-building event organized by Humane Canada™, the federation of humane societies and SPCAs.

An online conference format helps attendees, sponsors and exhibitors save on travel and accommodation costs, helping expand reach and networking opportunities between participants. Moreover, all sessions will be available in the online conference platform for 3 months post conference. Re-watch your favourite sessions at your own pace and on your own time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we do business and the animal welfare sector is no exception. On top of hosting NAWC in the spring of 2021, Humane Canada™ is also hosting a mini event on December 15, 2020 to discuss topics related to mental health.

Get excited for NAWC 2021!

Join us for NAWC 2021 from the comfort of your home

The online National Animal Welfare Conference welcomes:

  • SPCA, humane societies and shelter/rescue employees
  • Students in any discipline,
  • Veterinarians and veterinary staff,
  • Academics,
  • Researchers and scientists,
  • Animal enforcement personnel,
  • Animal care professionals who work with companion animals, farm animals or wildlife, and,
  • People who advocate for animals or those who have an interest in animal welfare.

Stay tuned for more information about the NAWC2021 conference!

Simply add your name and e-mail in the fields below, and we will ensure you are the first to know of any updates for the fall 2020 mini event and the spring 2021 conference.


Our 2020 Online National Animal Welfare Conference
was held online on May 20 & 21.

In order to comply with national and provincial health regulations, Humane Canada™ cancelled the in-person seventh annual National Animal Welfare Conference, which was set to take place in Victoria, BC March 28 – 31.

We are happy to share the following facts from the 2020 online conference:

  • 886 people registered, 
  • 36 sessions, 
  • 23 sponsors, and 
  • 56 amazing speakers!

This two-day online conference offered attendees the chance to:

  • Network with attendees, speakers & sponsors from around the world including, but not limited to Australia, Venezuela, and the USA.
  • Interact and share common thoughts in conversation circles to learn from one another
  • Share photos of their pets during the conference breaks 
  • Learn more about our sponsors in the sponsor hall and gain new business connections

Thank you to our presenting sponsor PetSmart Charities® of Canada and to all of our sponsors and speakers who helped make this event a success.

Curious about what the National Animal Welfare has to offer?

Thank You 2020 Online National Animal Welfare Conference Sponsors!

——————————— PRESENTING SPONSOR———————————

————————————— APP SPONSOR—————————————–