Annual Day of Public Witness for Children Killed by Abortion
Life Chain is held in over 300 locations across Canada each year.
Please mark your calendar—the next Life Chain will be on Sunday, October 6, 2024 from 2-3 pm in most locations.
A small pro-life group called Please Let Me Live in Yuba City, California held the first Life Chain in 1987, and the United States has had a National Life Chain every year since. Over 30 years ago, in 1990, Campaign Life Coalition brought Life Chain into Canada from the U.S., igniting a powerful public witness in our country that has endured the test of years, saved lives, and changed hearts.
To see how the 2023 Life Chain went, click here.
Why is Life Chain Important?
Read the latest Life Chain blog here.
“It is our responsibility as people of faith to bear witness to the sanctity of human life, and to support those that have been affected by abortion.” ~Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina
“As the culture of death around us spreads inexorably, it is more important than ever that those 'with eyes to see' offer a reminder to the wider society that life is a gift to cherish and defend at every stage." ~Most Reverend Stephen Jensen, Bishop of Prince George
The following individuals and organizations have endorsed the 2023 Life Chain. If your group is not listed, please contact us to communicate your endorsement of the 2024 Life Chain.
- Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator of Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada
- Tanya Gaw, Founder of Action4Canada
- Judith Obelnycki, President of Lutherans for Life - Canada
- Dr. David Guretzki, President & CEO of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
- Bruce Poulin, Ontario State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus
- His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios Athanassoulas, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada
- Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton
- Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina
- Most Reverend Michael Mulhall, Archbishop of Kingston
- Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth
- Most Reverend Héctor Vila, Bishop of Whitehorse
- Most Reverend Stephen Jensen, Bishop of Prince George
- Most Reverend Gary Gordon, Bishop of Victoria
- Most Reverend Gary Franken, Bishop of Saint Paul
- Most Reverend Stephen Hero, Bishop of Prince Albert
- Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon
- Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., D.D., Bishop of Hamilton
- Most Reverend Daniel Miehm, D.D., Bishop of Peterborough
- Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of St. Catharines
- Most Reverend Christian Riesbeck, C.C., Bishop of Saint John
- Most Reverend Joseph Dabrowski, C.S.M.A., Bishop of Charlottetown
How does it Work?
Life Chain is an easy way to get involved in pro-life activism. Just find out where and when your local Life Chain will be held, and then show up for one hour to stand on the sidewalk with others who are not ashamed to publicly witness to their pro-life beliefs. Your local Life Chain organizer will provide you with a non-graphic Life Chain sign to hold, and you may pray silently for an end to abortion and for those affected by it. Please review and abide by the Life Chain Code of Conduct.
Where's a Life Chain near Me?
There are over 300 locations across Canada, and even more in the United States.
For a list of the 2023 locations, click here. The 2024 locations will be posted in August.
Below is a map of the 2023 locations. If you click on the frame in the upper righthand corner of the map, you can "view larger map." The larger map has a search feature (the magnifying glass) where you can type in your address. Use the + and - buttons at the bottom of the screen to zoom in or out, and locate the Life Chain nearest to your home. Click on the pin for details of that Life Chain.
If you don't see a location near you, inquire with your local pro-life group or Life Chain Canada. To obtain contact information for the local organizers of each Life Chain, please phone us at 1-800-730-5358, or email [email protected].
We would also be happy to help you start up a Life Chain in your community if you're interested in doing so!
How can I Promote Life Chain?
There are many ways you can promote Life Chain and spread awareness about it in your community. Put a poster in your church, invite your pastor to attend, and ask him/her to put an announcement in the bulletin and/or pitch it at the pulpit. Encourage friends and family members to also attend, and help them find their nearest Life Chain location if it’s not the same as yours. Share this event on social media! Finally, contact your local media to see if they’ll cover Life Chain or write a letter to the editor about this event.
2024 materials will be made available in June.
For further advice or to request other resources, contact Life Chain Canada.
How else can I Help?
The Life Chain Canada Committee is recruiting new zone captains and church contacts for Toronto- and Ottawa-area Life Chains.
Zone captains are responsible for distributing and collecting signs, ensuring participants follow the Life Chain Code of Conduct and remain safe and peaceful, and answering any inquiries from media, nearby business owners, police, etc. They collaborate with Campaign Life Coalition headquarters to relay attendance info and pass on any donations collected. Please contact Life Chain Canada if you are interested in this role.
Church contacts are responsible for passing on posters and church announcements to their church administration and/or pastor to ensure that Life Chain is advertised in thier church. Please contact Life Chain Canada if you are interested in this role.
How can I Stay Informed?
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In addition, follow Campaign Life Coalition on social media (links below) for all the latest updates on Life Chain.