Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks


June 3, 2024

The Government of Canada is committed to helping youth access the mental health care they need, where and when they need it. That is why it is providing up to $59 million to the Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks, or IYS-Net. This initiative will link together a web of provincial, territorial, and Indigenous networks to create a learning health system, where research evidence, data, and youths’ lived experiences are used to inform processes, policies, and practices to improve services.

The funding breaks down this way:

  • Close to $9 million for six integrated youth services provincial networks in Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, and the national Indigenous network.
  • The remaining $50 million in upcoming funding includes:
    • More than $21 million to expand IYS-Net to all provinces and territories.
    • More than $10 million to enable the Indigenous IYS network to expand across Canada.
    • Up to $18 million for an IYS Learning Health System Data Platform supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to allow the collection, processing and sharing of more timely, accurate, comprehensive, and diverse data sets on youth mental health and substance use.

Further details about the researchers receiving funding today:

Researcher Province Project Title Total Funding Amount
Butler, Stephen M PEI Developing the IYS network on PEI: Client-informed and evidence-based to improve young people's mental health and well-being $150,000
Henderson, Joanna L ON Strengthening Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario's Learning Health System through Enhancing Measurement Based Care, Data Integration and Equity-focused Practices $1,454,880
Iyer, Srividya N QC A learning health system to monitor, guide and advance quality of care, research and policy within Aire ouverte, Quebec's integrated youth services initiative $1,454,998
Mushquash, Christopher J ON Strengthening capacity to support Indigenous youth and communities by sharing and learning from wise practices, data, and stories $1,454,859
Plourde, Vickie NB Building the foundation of a learning health system for integrated youth mental health services in New Brunswick / Construire les fondations d'un système de santé apprenant pour les services intégrés en santé mentale pour les jeunes au Nouveau-Brunswick $1,454,927
Woodgate, Roberta L MB Applying a Learning Health System Approach to Improve Equitable and Inclusive Mental Health/Substance Use Services and Equitable Outcomes for Manitoba Youth Accessing IYS $1,451,381
Wozney, Lori M NS Generating Resilience on Our Way to Integrated Youth Service in Nova Scotia (GROW-IYS) $1,453,610

This investment is made possible thanks to support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Indigenous Services Canada, and additional support from the Graham Boeckh Foundation, the Bell-GBF Partnership, RBC, the McConnell Foundation, the Hunter Family Foundation and the Medavie Foundation.

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