Light It Up! For NDEAM 2024

Light It Up! For NDEAM® spotlights the many ways people who have a disability contribute to businesses and their communities, helping companies be successful and competitive.


Submit your locations  | PR Kit  | Promo video (ENGLISH / FRENCH)  |  List of locations  |  Photo gallery  |  Event history  | 2024 Kick-Off Webinar recording  | Light It Up! For NDEAM Ambassadors League  |   Frequently Asked Questions

Experience the power of Light It Up! For NDEAM! Join the movement for the 5th Anniversary event on Thursday, October 17!

It started in Ontario five years ago. It grew fast. It spread across the nation. This coast-to-coast collaboration illuminates the nation purple and blue for one night, spotlighting disability-inclusive employment. There’s no other event like this one during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. But it’s much more than a special lighting event…be part of the national movement that ignites continuing conversation about disability inclusion in employment, in business and in our communities!

It’s led by the Ontario Disability Employment Network. It happens through collaboration with:

Get involved in your community in 2024 to Light It Up! For NDEAM purple and blue, for one unique night. The more the participation, the greater the impact! Last year almost 700 locations in almost 150 communities across Canada participated — that’s a lot of conversations about disability inclusion!

So join the movement. Join in the excitement. Together, let’s make year five of Light It Up! For NDEAM memorable. Let’s shine more nationwide light on disability inclusion than ever before!

Participating is easy with the Light It Up! For NDEAM PR Kit.

Missed the 2024 Light It Up! For NDEAM Kick-Off Webinar?

Watch the webinar now

If you’d planned to be at the June 20 kick-off webinar but couldn’t make it…don’t worry. We recorded it!

You can watch the webinar recording to get all the details about why and how to be part of this:

  • Coast-to-coast collaboration that lights up the nation purple and blue for one night
  • Movement that sparks continuing conversation about disability inclusion in business, in employment and in our communities

There’s no other event like Light It Up! For NDEAM during National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Watch the webinar recording…and join this national movement and in the excitement!


Introducing the Light It Up! For NDEAM Ambassadors League!

The success of Light It Up! For NDEAM is fuelled by the passion, enthusiasm and excitement of people who get involved in the event. Who start those conversations. And who enthusiastically encourage others to participate in Light It Up! For NDEAM.

The Light It Up! For NDEAM Ambassadors League is a select group of these people who are passionate about being involved in Light It Up! For NDEAM and getting others involved in it.

These Ambassadors are passionate about Light It Up! For NDEAM because of what it represents and the impact getting involved in the annual event — and talking about it year-round — can have on disability inclusion conversation and action.

Find out more about the League and how Ambassadors can help you get involved in Light It Up! For NDEAM in your community, region and province!


This year, are you getting involved in the Light It Up! For NDEAM 5th Anniversary event?

YES, I am! I want to submit a location now

Have a question or need guidance?

How to help make Light It Up! For NDEAM a colourful success country-wide

Esplanade Riel, Winnipeg


We make participating easy — with the Light It Up! For NDEAM PR Kit

Use the resources in the Light It Up! For NDEAM PR Kit to get involved in lighting up the nation purple and blue on October 17! The Kit has all the resources you need to learn about the event, spread the word about it, submit lighting requests and show your support by wearing purple and blue the day of Light It Up! for NDEAM.

Access the PR Kit

User Guides

Promotional Material

Post Cards

(All PDFs have printer’s marks for commercial printing; bilingual on reverse side)


  • Lighting request email/letter template (Microsoft® Word)
  • Member of Provincial Parliament/Member of the Legislative Assembly email template  (Microsoft® Word, coming in August)
  • Social media posts mat template (Microsoft® Word, coming in August)
  • National news release (PDF, available October 10)


Tip Sheets & FAQs


Accéder au kit RP

Guides de l’utilisation

Matériel promotionnel

Cartes postales

(Tous les PDF ont des marques d’impression pour l’impression commerciale; bilingue au verso)


  • Modèle de courriel/lettre de demande d’éclairage (MicrosoftMD Word)
  • Modèle de courriel au député provincial/membre de l’Assemblée législative (MicrosoftMD Word, disponible en août)
  • Ensemble de publication sur les réseaux sociaux (MicrosoftMD Word, disponible en août)
  • Communiqué de presse national (PDF, disponible 10 octobre en anglais seulement)


Fiche-conseils et questions fréquemment posées


2024 participating locations

The running total at July 11, 2024…57 cities and towns…92 locations…and counting!

There’s no other event quite like this one, for NDEAM. Here’s the list of towns/cities and locations nationwide to date that are participating in Light It Up! For NDEAM on October 17.

Do you have a location to add to the list? Submit your information here.


Green Bay Community Employment Corp.

St. John’s
City Hall
Avalon Employment Office
Cabot Tower at Signal Hill National Historic Site


City Hall Clock Tower
Government of PEI — Shaw Building

City Hall
Credit Union Place

Three Rivers
Three Rivers Town Hall Tower


Nova Scotia Works Office

Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Halifax Seaport District
Province House


Promenade Waterfront Tower

City Hall

St. Stephen
St. Croix Vocational Centre Inc.



Canadian Transport Agency Building (60 Laval)


City of Barrie — Barrie Signature Sign

Michael Dawthorne (ODEN Board Past Chair) — Personal Residence

City Hall Clock Tower

Brant Street Pier

Southeast Grey Support Services — north road sign
Southeast Grey Support Services — south road sign
Life Directions — office window

Fort Erie
Peace Bridge

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum — CF-104 Starfighter
Hamilton City Hall
Hamilton Signature Sign

YMCA Employment & Learning Services

City Hall
Springer Market Square

City Hall
J.A. Taylor Building
RBC Place London
Canada Life HQ

Town Hall

Civic Centre Clock Tower
VPI Employment Services

York Region Administration Centre Clock Tower

Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Canadian Falls
American Falls
Niagara Region — Niagara Region Signature Sign

North Bay
Canadore College
March of Dimes Canada — Kennedy Bldg., 3rd Flr.
North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
Yes Employment Services
Community Living North Bay — Main Office


Quinte West
Veterans Skyway Bridge

St. Thomas
“Jumbo” The Elephant Monument

Thunder Bay
City Hall
Current River Dam

Timmins Signature Sign at Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre

Humber College (Lakeshore Campus) — Student Welcome Centre
Canada Life Building

City Hall

Crafty Corner Tea Room


RBC Convention Centre
Canada Life HQ
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services


City Hall
Municipal Water Tower

SARC Office – 111 Cardinal St.


Calgary Tower
Olympic Park
Reconciliation Bridge

Fort McMurray
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo — Saline Creek Pedestrian Bridge

Medicine Hat
Towne Square

Municipal Centre

Sylvan Lake
Lighthouse — Rotary Lighthouse Park


City Hall
BC Parkway

REALM Services Inc.

Fountain — Lafarge Lake
Light Columns — Guilford Way
Light Columns — Pinetree Way

Town Hall
Ladysmith Signature Sign – Bob Stuart Park
Ladysmith Signature Sign  – 1st Avenue

The Bastion

Penticton Lakeside Resort

Port Moody
City Hall

Victoria Street Bridge

BC Place
Vancouver Convention Centre
Bloedel Conservatory

Legislative Assembly of BC — Ceremonial Entrance, Centre Fountain, Centennial (Back) Fountain, Confederation Park Garden

Fitzsimmons Covered Bridge

White Rock
City of White Rock — White Rock Pier

Williams Lake
City Hall




Download the list (PDF)


Take the next step — submit your Light It Up! For NDEAM locations today!

YES, I am! I want to submit a location now

Have a question or need guidance?

A Brief History of Light It Up! For NDEAM


  • In 16 cities all over Ontario, 28 buildings, bridges, landmarks and municipal signs shone purple and blue for one night (Thursday, October 22). Some businesses in St. John’s, NL, also participated. 
  • First-ever, Ontario wide event of its kind during National Disability Employment Awareness Month


  • The first national Light It Up! For NDEAM 
  • Across Canada, over 300 locations across all 10 provinces and in two territories, shone purple and blue on Thursday, October 21 
  • The federal governement participated, illuminating 35 federal buildings nationwide 
  • Through Light It Up! For NDEAM, National Disability Employment Awareness Month was officially recognized for the first time in some regions of the country. 
  • Nationwide, the event sparked conversation about the business benefits and economic importance of disability-inclusive hiring. 


  • Second national Light It Up! For NDEAM 
  • Evolution from a lighting event to a movement about disability inclusion in business and employment 
  • Federal government participated, illuminating 36 federal department buildings across Canada 
  • Government of Ontario participates for the first time, illuminating five buildings, in Peterborough, St. Catharines, Toronto, Orillia and Guelph 
  • Record participation  — almost 440 locations in almost 120 communities nationwide 


  • Fourth annual event
  • Third national Light It Up! For NDEAM
  • Unprecedented participation across Canada — almost 700 locations (641) illuminated in almost 150 communities (147)
  • 45 federal buildings nationwide lit purple and blue — the highest number since federal involvement began in 2021
  • Some significant firsts, including the City of Brantford, ON, unveiling a new city-hall lighting system by illuminating purple and blue for Light It Up! For NDEAM
  • In Toronto, Light It Up! For NDEAM becomes the first-ever cause lighting event recognized by Humber College — the college invests in a new exterior lighting system for its Student Welcome Centre, and illuminates purple and blue for the event


Light It Up! For NDEAM Photo Gallery

From the Terry Fox Memorial at Mile Zero in St. John’s, to the Vancouver Convention Centre on the West Coast, we’ve put together a collection of some of the best images of structures and landmarks around the country that have illuminated purple and blue for Light It Up! For NDEAM.

Visit the gallery

A photograph of a giant iron ore haul truck lit purple and blue, including the tires and wheel rims. There is a lighted sign across the front of the dumper that says, "Light It Up! For NDEAM". There are also graphics that say National Disability Employment Awareness Month, on the truck.

Light It Up! for NDEAM highlights videos

Watch these videos, and see some of the federal buildings, municipal offices, businesses and landmarks across Canada that illuminated purple and blue in 2021 and 2022.



An evening shot of the Telus Spark Science Centre lit purple and blue, with a lamp-post glowing in the foreground.