Our courses and programs

Pain Canada's free courses and programs for health professionals and people with pain

Education and resources for health professionals and people with pain

Our wide range of continuing education opportunities are based on a laddered strategy that aims to increase chronic pain capacity among health care providers of all disciplines and increase pain management knowledge and advocacy for people living with pain.

How Pain Canada's education programs help


Pain science and how it relates to your practice


Your profession-specific skills


Improved competence in providing care for pain


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People With Pain
Managing Pain Before and After Surgery: A course for people undergoing surgery

This is a free self-paced online program designed to help people undergoing surgery and their families better manage pain after surgery and decrease complications.

1.5-2 hours
Available for all Canadians
Chronic Pain Insights course

The free online program covers clinically relevant strategies for managing pain before and after surgery, with an emphasis on self-management strategies patients can use.

2-3 hours
Available for all Canadians
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Pain Foundations

This practical, compact course allows learners to develop clinically relevant approaches to chronic pain management and develop a strong grounding in pain science.

12-15 hours
Available for all Canadian health care providers
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Moving Through Pain

A free, self-paced online program for health care providers who want to support people living with pain to move with more ease.

4 hours, self-paced
Available for all Canadian health care providers

Making Sense of Pain

Making Sense of Pain is a self-management program designed for people with pain who experience marginalization and face barriers to accessing care.

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Why Pain Canada?

Clinically relevant

All Pain Canada education programs are developed in consultation with clinical experts and people living with pain.

Created by Canada’s pain experts

Pain Canada is a national and international leader in chronic pain education.

Free to access

As a registered charity, we’re focused on improving outcomes not the bottom line. That’s why registration is free for all of our courses for health professionals.

“Thank you for this comprehensive and practical course. It truly made me reflect on my approach to working with people who have pain. I know I have new tools to incorporate in my practice.”

Pain Foundations course participant

“Excellent course, significantly increased my confidence and provided me with tools and resources to direct my pain patients with understanding the importance of movement and exercise.”

Moving Through Pain course participant

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