Call for Proposals: Collaboration centre for strengthening Integrated Youth Services across Canada

The Integrated Youth Services (IYS) model offers a transformative approach by providing comprehensive, integrated care (e.g., mental health and substance use services, primary care, sexual health and harm reduction services, youth and family peer support, social and community services, employment and educational supports) to youth typically aged 12 to 25 through "one-stop shop" hubs in communities. There are currently approximately 90 IYS hubs across Canada with more in development.

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About this Call for Proposals

This call for proposals is to invite applicants to submit a project proposal to develop a collaboration centre to strengthen IYS across Canada. This centre would align initiatives among provinces and territories, the Indigenous IYS Network and other IYS stakeholders. The centre would support the expansion, continuous improvement, and networking of IYS hubs across Canada as well as build and optimize intersectoral partnerships, helping maximize the overall effectiveness of delivering IYS.

To leverage the expertise and networks of the array of IYS stakeholders, the applicant is expected to collaborate with IYS partners in establishing and sustaining the centre.

The project activities may include:

It is expected that all products and deliverables of this project are available and distributed in English and French. As well, the proposals are expected to explain how diversity and inclusion factors are taken into consideration.

The proposals are expected to outline how the applicant intends to build on established IYS tools and networks and collaborate with IYS partners in establishing and sustaining the collaboration centre.

It is also expected that a sustainability plan for the project be outlined by the time federal funding for the collaboration centre winds down.

The total funding available is up to $15,000,000, over five (5) fiscal years, starting in fiscal year 2024/25 and ending no later than March 31, 2029.

Projects can be of varied duration. Funds cannot be transferred from one fiscal year to the next. The fiscal year for the Government of Canada runs from April 1 of one year until March 31 of the following year.

About the Health Care Policy and Strategies Program

Funding for the IYS collaboration centre will be provided under the terms and conditions of the Health Care Policy and Strategies Program.

The Health Care Policy and Strategies Program provides time-limited funding for projects that improve the accessibility, quality, sustainability and accountability of Canada's health care system. The Program supports the federal government's commitment to maintain a strong and effective publicly funded health care system through the development of policies and strategies to address identified health care system priorities, including palliative and end-of-life care, home and community care, mental health care, and other federal, provincial-territorial and emerging priorities.

The objectives of this Program are to:

Who can apply

To apply, the organization must be:

Ineligible applicants are those excluded from the categories above, namely individuals and for profit organizations.


The submission deadline has been extended until July 26, 2024.

Assessment criteria

Health Canada will use due diligence to assess the proposals for funding, and will examine, at minimum:

In addition, for this call for proposals, the following criteria will be applied:

Eligible expenses

Funding must be used only for expenditures that are directly related to the activities identified in the funding agreement with Health Canada. Eligible expenditures may include:

Expenses incurred as a result of audit requirements imposed by Health Canada are eligible expenditures for non-government recipients only.

Ineligible expenditures

How to apply

The application form must be completed, following the Guide for Applicants. Applicants must request the application form and the budget templates and tools by email to in order to complete the application requirements. These budget templates and tools include meeting planners, detailed budget calculations by business line for each fiscal year, and other costs outlined in detail. An application will not be considered without this detailed budget information.

The whole application package (application form, workplan, budget spreadsheets, letters of support, etc.) must be sent by email to no later than 23:59, applicant's local time, on July 26, 2024 to be considered eligible.

We will acknowledge receipt of the application within 2 days of its receipt in our office.

Funding terms

If the project is approved, the project will be funded by means of a non-repayable contribution. It is important to note that funding is not guaranteed and Health Canada reserves the right to not fund this application, even if the project is eligible. It is possible that the approved project may receive less than the amount requested. It is also possible that the project may be approved, but with a narrower scope of activities.

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For more information, email the Health Care Policy and Strategies Program at

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