I am Evidence, recovery works survey

On September 7th 2019, record crowds attended the Recovery Day BC event that was held in New Westminster BC.
With research being vital to overcome Canada’s addiction crisis, the Recovery Day Planning Committee saw the voices of people in recovery not reflected in many of the evidence based research that is currently used to create drug policy in Canada.   
Our goal over the years is to improve our “I am Evidence” survey and to have Health Canada participate in future data collection.
The days of experts saying abstinence based recovery is not evidence based, will soon come to an end.
Volunteers with ipads asked individuals to complete a quick survey to gather information about their lived experience .  
The overwhelming crowd helped us gather close to 1,500 responses.  Special thanks to our volunteers.  Next year the I am Evidence booth will be double in size in order to be better able to accommodate more people and move through the line up quicker.
Close to 30,000 people attended the one day free street festival according to New Westminster Police.
Activities included 4 stages with live music and speakers, health and wellness booths, vendors, food trucks, a kidszone, memorial tree, and several Metro Vancouver Area addiction recovery services and harm reduction providers, in UNITY a total of 150 booths were set up covering six city blocks in Uptown New West.
Below are the results of the surveys from Recovery Day BC.  We’re proud of our people with lived recovery experience, their voices matter too.


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Recovery Day BC 2019 Vendor Application


NEW   EVENT  TIME       1 pm  to  6 pm

  • Canada’s largest Mental Health and Addiction Information Fair
  • Services, Retails Vendors,  Health and Wellness are all welcome.

Vendor Space

  • Vendors will be assigned a 10 x 10 space, two folding chairs are provided with a Tent.  All booths are assigned based on the application receipt date.

Vendor Set Up 

  • Set up September 7, 2019 at 10 am. Set-up completion, including removal of all non-essential vehicles, must be completed by 12:30 pm.

Tear Down

  • Vendors are required to remain until festival ending, NO EXCEPTIONS Festival site tear down cannot commence sooner than 6 pm on September 7th, 2019.  Vendor spaces must be returned to their original condition.
  • This includes the removal of any and all garbage and recycling used in your displays. No vehicles are permitted on-site for tear down until 7 pm.
  • Each Vendor must check out with on site event staff located at the Recovery Day Info booth to ensure the safe return of all equipment & cleanliness of the site itself.
  • No electricity is provided for festival vendor sites. No gas powered generators allowed
  • No broadcasting will be allowed on any booth site

Payment Options

  • Accepted method of payment is via cheque. Receipts are available upon request. Cheques are to be made payable to Recovery Day Vancouver Society. Payments MUST be received with your application paperwork.

Refund Policy

  • Your payment is NON-REFUNDABLE, regardless of your reasons for canceling.
  • Neither illness nor weather conditions constitute acceptable reasons for cancellation.


  • $3,000 Level A   
  • $500 Level B
  • $300 Level C
  • $100 Level D


  • Logo on three stages, poster, and social media
  • One 6 Foot table, two folding chairs, one 10 x 10 tent

Level B & C, Vendors and Information Booths

  • One 6 Foot table, two folding chairs, one 10 x 10 tent
  • Level B is 6th Street, Level C is Belmont Street

Level D, Authors, Artisans

  • Includes one 8’ table in a shared tent for artisans and book authors only, no services

*Extra table – $10.00 each, extra chairs – $5.00 each    *Set up 10 am to 12:30 am


Click here >>>> 2019 Vendor and Sponsor Package Recovery Day


This is last year’s floor plan

Subject to change this year and may increase in size.

Click here >>>> 2019 Vendor and Sponsor Package Recovery Day

2018  Stage Sponsors

Be a speaker at Recovery Day BC


Are you interested in creating a 15min TEDx style speaker presentation at Recovery Day BC on September 8th, 2017 in New Westminster BC from 1pm-5pm, outdoors on 6th Street?

Presentation Layout:

  • All presentations are 15min with a 5min Q&A at the end
  • Topics of interest from past festivals have included:
    • Dealing with Grief and Loss in Recovery
    • Love, Sex and Relationships in Recovery
    • Acupuncture for Recovery
    • Women in Recovery
  • For further examples feel free to view our Facebook Live videos here


  • Support festival goers to gain awareness of types of Recovery Capital available in our communities.
  • Share evidence of successful, sustained Recovery.
  • Create open dialogue among festival goers to share and support one another while lessening feelings of isolation, stigma and shame.


  • Personal and/or professional experience with overcoming addiction and mental illness.
  • A unique perspective or story that can inspire individuals in recovery, their families or individuals still suffering.
  • Willingness to speak in front of and audience of 200 people.

*Note the Wellness Stage is a secondary tent away from the live music stage with a smaller, highly engaged audience. We encourage everyone with an interest to apply.

  • Ability to provide a visual presentation to display on the wellness stage.



  • Presentation ARE NOT to be promotional in nature. Organizations are welcome to display their logo however discussions and stories must speak to a pathway to recovery or overcoming stigma, not endorsing or selling any product or service.
  • Speakers are chosen based on merit and diversity in order to create the richest festival experience as possible.

There are no honorariums for speaking, we appreciate your support.

Apply Today and Speak on September 8th between Noon and 4 pm, Uptown New Westminster.  6th and 6th Street



Persons In Recovery Survey

On Recovery Day over 600 people were surveyed making this BC’s largest survey of people in addiction recovery.  What did people say?

Of those who completed the survey

80% were people living in recovery

The Questionnaire was broken into three groups

  1. Person in Recovery
  2. Family Member of Someone in Recovery
  3. Recovery Ally


Person in Recovery