Recognizing the unique and varied needs of infection control practitioners (ICPs) in long term care (LTC) facilities across Canada, CHICA-Canada established a task group to explore this area of practice and to determine the needs that could be met by CHICA-Canada. In March 1992 surveys were sent to CHICA-Canada members practicing in LTC facilities. Surveys were also sent to LTC associations in each province for distribution to their member agencies. A copy of the survey was published in The Canadian Journal of Infection Control in Summer 1992. As of August 31, 1992, 271 surveys have been returned from both members and nonmembers. The findings of the survey depict the special needs, unique practice settings and varied roles of ICPs in LTC facilities.