3,757,904
Students Trained

ACT’s History

1985
The ACT Foundation is founded: a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by promoting pre-hospital emergency care in Canada.
1985-1987
ACT hosts the first, second, and third National Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competitions in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, respectively, to promote the need for paramedics across Canada.
1989
ACT launches “CPR Saves Lives,” a national campaign directed at cardiologists and family physicians, engaging them in promoting citizen CPR training.
1990
ACT brings its “Learn CPR” message into the homes of millions of Canadians through “Julie,” its multiple award-winning national TV and print campaign about a 12-year-old girl who saved her father’s life with CPR.
1994
ACT’s public advocacy campaign for paramedics in Ontario (Action Paramedic), focusing on Ottawa as a watershed, results in a $22 million commitment by the Ontario government for the establishment of a multi-centered paramedic program involving 11 sites around the province.
1994-1995
The ACT High School CPR Program is piloted in Ottawa–evaluation results position CPR as one of the most popular components of health in the physical education and health curriculum.
1997
ACT High School CPR Program successful pilots in Montreal and Toronto lead to program expansion.
1999
The Government of Ontario inserts CPR into the Grade 9 curriculum based on the success of the ACT program pilots.
2000-onward
ACT partners with multiple provincial governments to expand the CPR program to high schools
2000
The Government of Alberta inserts CPR into the Grade 10 curriculum.
2001
The Government of Manitoba inserts CPR into the Grade 10 curriculum.
2004
ACT wins Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award.
2008
ACT begins enhancement of the High School CPR Program with defibrillator training component and AEDs for high schools.
2009
ACT announces 1.4 million Canadian high school students trained in CPR.
2013
2.6 million youth have been trained to date through high school program.

1,640 high schools across Canada.

310,000 students are trained by their high school teachers each year.

ACT has donated over 50,000 mannequins to schools.

More than 6,000 teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors for their students to date.