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SunSense program

The Canadian Cancer Society's SunSense program provides children, families, teachers and caregivers with age appropriate sun safety information and materials to help Manitobans make informed sun safety decisions. The SunSense program is available at no charge and is an excellent teaching tool for Manitoba schools, preschools and daycares, Regional Health Authority programs, sports camps, youth groups, summer programs, pools and other recreation venues. 

The need for sun safety is great. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in people 15 – 29 years of age and incidence is increasing.

The SunSense program this year will run from May until August. If you are interested in ordering SunSense materials including the UV sensitive bracelets, please email sunsense@mb.cancer.ca. SunSense materials are only available for distribution within Manitoba.

On behalf of the SunSense Team, we thank you very much for your interest in our sun safety program. It is important to all of us to help you educate Manitoban children, families and caregivers on how to prevent and reduce their risk of developing skin cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at sunsense@mb.cancer.ca.

To order materials, please see the "Plan your SunSense presentation" section below.

  • Plan your SunSense presentation

    Canadian Cancer Society’s SunSense program is designed to educate people of all ages about the dangers of the sun and to encourage people to follow the Society’s recommended SunSense Guidelines.


    In order to keep participants thinking about sun safety past the single lesson, a SunSense UV bracelet will be part of the lesson plan. As a daily reminder of the presence of ultraviolet light and the importance of using their SunSense, participants will be asked to wear their bracelets throughout the summer to keep reminding them to be safe while they are in the sun.


    It is recommended to keep the lesson plan to 20 minutes in order to keep the participants’ attention and focus. Additional activities are included in case you finish early.

    At the end of the lesson plan, the participants will have learned:

    • The importance of the sun
    • The damaging effects of the sun
    • What ultraviolet rays are and the properties they possess
    • The SunSense Guidelines
    The SunSense program has been designed to appeal to all age groups.  For what to include in your lesson for your specific age group, audience, or event, please refer to the following links:

    Lesson Plans
    Lesson Activities 

    Frequently Asked Questions: 
    SunSense FAQ

    To order materials, please fill out the SunSense Order Form.

    If you have any difficulty downloading the form or have any questions please contact the SunSense Coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society at sunsense@mb.cancer.ca or 204-774-7483 in Winnipeg or toll free at 1-888-532-6982.

  • Use your SunSense: Create shade!

    If your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade.

    Manitoba has a large variety of leafy trees that provide excellent shade for you and your family. Plant a tree to create your own shade and encourage your community to plant leafy canopy trees that provide protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

    For more information on types of leafy trees, how to plant or where to purchase trees, visit Alliance Tree Care.

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