Backgrounder: New Projects Funded Under the Immunization Partnership Fund 

Backgrounder

June 8, 2021

The Government of Canada launched the Immunization Partnership Fund in 2016 to support projects to improve access to vaccination and uptake. In 2020, this fund received $64 million to support projects aimed at improving vaccination coverage in Canada in three priority areas:

  • Build capacity of health care providers as vaccinators and vaccination promoters
  • Support community-based COVID-19 education, outreach, and vaccine promotion
  • Build capacity for evidence-based vaccine communication

The funding includes:

  • $30.25 million for community-led projects to develop tailored, targeted tools and educational resources to raise awareness of, and confidence in, COVID-19 vaccines. These funds will also support the efforts of community members and leaders to increase vaccine confidence and address barriers to access and acceptance within their communities.
  • $32.5 million to be  dispersed over 2.5 years to support provincial and territorial governments in enhancing their electronic vaccination registries to help monitor vaccine uptake.  
  • $1.3 million to amend existing funded projects to incorporate measures and activities to address COVID-19. 

Five new projects funded by the IPF are:

  • Lead organization: Alliance for Healthier Communities
    • Project Name: Community Vaccination Promotion – Ontario (CVP-ON)
    • Description: This project will increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved groups in Ontario disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources. Alliance for Healthier Communities (Alliance) will work in partnership with its network of 109 primary health care organizations, the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council, the Ontario Primary Care COVID-19 Vaccination KT & Vaccine Confidence Working Group, public health agencies across Ontario, and its provincial and national counterparts to implement this project. Alliance and its partners will identify and assess the unique needs of underserved populations across Ontario and implement tailored strategies to ensure their vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs. Alliance will also disseminate diverse materials to promote COVID-19 vaccination to community health centres and partners across the province to support their outreach efforts to the underserved populations within their communities.
    • Funding: $898,011
  • Lead organization: British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres
    • Project Name: Community Vaccination Promotion – British Columbia Project (CVP BC)
    • Description: This project will increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved groups in British Columbia disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources. British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres (BCACHC) will work in partnership with the BC Health Coalition, the First Nations Health Authority, CARES, the BC Rural Health Network, and its provincial and national counterparts to implement this project. The BCACHC and its partners will identify and assess the unique needs of underserved populations across British Columbia and implement tailored strategies to ensure their vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs. The BCACHC will also disseminate diverse materials to promote COVID-19 vaccination to community health centres across the province to support their outreach efforts to the underserved populations within their communities.
    • Funding: $323,871
  • Lead organization: Manitoba Association of Community Health
    • Project Name: Community Vaccination Promotion – Manitoba Project (CVP Manitoba)
    • Description: This project will increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved groups in Manitoba disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources. The Manitoba Association of Community Health (MACH) will work in partnership with its twelve member community health centres (CHCs) and its provincial and national counterparts to implement this project. The MACH and its partners will identify and assess the unique needs of underserved populations across Manitoba and implement a tailored strategy for each of its member CHCs to ensure their vaccination promotion efforts meet the distinct needs of their community. The MACH will establish a web page with COVID-19 vaccination resources and disseminate diverse materials to community health centres across Manitoba to support their outreach efforts to the underserved populations within their communities.
    • Funding: $350,625
  • Lead organization: Nova Scotia Association of Community Health Centres
    • Project Name: Community Vaccination Promotion – Nova Scotia Project (CVP Nova Scotia)
    • Description: This project will increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved groups in Nova Scotia disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources. The Nova Scotia Association of Community Health Centres (NSACHC) will work in partnership with its six member community health centres (CHC) and its provincial and national counterparts to implement this project. NSACHC and its partners will identify and assess the unique needs of underserved populations across Nova Scotia and implement tailored strategies to ensure their vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs. Through developing a “train the trainer” vaccination education program and establishing a toll-free number with vaccination resources, the NSACHC will make credible information on vaccine promotion accessible to community members and service providers. 
    • Funding: $292,800
  • Lead organization: Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC)
    • Project Name: Community Vaccination Promotion – National Project (CVP National)
    • Description: This project will increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved groups in Canada disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources. The Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC) will work in partnership with the British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres, Manitoba Association of Community Health, Ontario’s Alliance for Healthier Communities, and the Nova Scotia Association of Community Health Centres to ensure project activities are implemented in a coordinated and culturally relevant manner. The CACHC will provide outreach to community health centres in all provinces to ensure that underserved populations across Canada have access to project activities developed through this funding.
    • Funding: $598,915
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