Fact Sheet

Diabetes Community-based Project in British Columbia

News Release: Harper Government Announces Funding to Help Prevent and Manage Diabetes in British Columbia


  • Approximately two and a half million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many more are unaware they have the disease and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to continue to rise.
  • Through the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is taking a proactive, long-term approach to prevention and management of diabetes.
  • The Canadian Diabetes Strategy currently receives $18 million annually in ongoing funding for activities in the following six areas: surveillance; community-based programming; knowledge development and exchange; public information; leadership and coordination; and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Inter-Cultural Online Health Network, a project of the University of British Columbia, is being funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada ($121,800 over two years).

Inter-Cultural Online Health Network: Developing live and virtual multicultural peer support models (Vancouver)

The University of British Columbia's Faculty of Medicine will receive $121,800 over two years to implement a sustainable peer-support diabetes management program in multicultural rural communities across the province.

This project will educate community members and patients about diabetes using live and online formats. It will address the need for diabetes management and prevention programs in rural communities, specifically targeting Punjabi and Chinese-speaking communities whose rates of diabetes are higher than the general population.

Project partners include the Lawson Foundation, and SUCCESS and Progressive Intercultural Community Services.

About the Canadian Diabetes Strategy

The Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS) receives ongoing annual funding of $18 million through the Integrated Strategy for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease.

  • The Government of Canada and its partners address diabetes and related complications through the CDS, which focuses on the prevention, early detection and self-management of all types of diabetes.
  • The CDS has raised general awareness of diabetes and its risk factors, and created the first integrated national diabetes surveillance system.
  • Through community-based programming, projects are developed to enhance prevention initiatives in high-risk populations, to increase awareness of risk factors, and to help people living with diabetes avoid serious complications.
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