Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: National Strategic Projects Fund

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder National Strategic Projects Fund allocates $1.5 million annually to contribute to national projects supporting:

  • prevention
  • education and knowledge exchange
  • coordination of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder activities

The fund is designed to do this through:

  • evaluation
  • knowledge and evidence
  • systems capacity development
  • knowledge translation and exchange
  • leadership, co-ordination, and collaboration

It supports the development of nationally applicable practical tools for community-based programs and health and allied professionals, and aims to:

  • reduce the number of alcohol-affected births
  • improve outcomes for those affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

The fund follows our population health approach, which recognizes that many factors influence people's health. It promotes prevention and positive actions that affect the health of the population as a whole, or that of specific population groups.

Projects currently funded through the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder National Strategic Projects Fund
Project Location Project duration Contribution agreement
Organization Title Description City, Province Total ($)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Assessment on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Canada The CAHS will undertake a comprehensive scientific assessment on FASD. The assessment will include a review of the relevant data, literature, policies, programs and practices, and will include engagement with key partners to identify challenges as well as opportunities to strengthen Canada’s approach to addressing FASD. National 2023-2024 $949,287
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health FASD Prevention School-Based Program for Children and Adolescents in Select Urban, Rural and First Nation Schools in Ontario, Canada A pilot project will modify, culturally adapt, translate, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
(NOFAS) school-based FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum in select Ontario schools to children and youth (12-18 years) in urban, rural and First Nation communities.
Ontario 2019–2024 $1,032,871
Association pour la santé publique du Québec FASD : Talking about it for better action A bilingual awareness campaign to prevent alcohol consumption during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and to address stigma associated with FASD throughout the province of Québec. Québec 2019–202 4 $1,153,601
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Newfoundland and Labrador Network (fasdNL) Toward Prevention: An Atlantic FASD awareness and collaborative action-building initiative An Atlantic Canada project to develop messaging and resources for the general public, as well as for health and allied health professionals; deliver virtual FASD training sessions for justice professionals; and increase collaborative action and networking amongst diverse stakeholders related to FASD prevention, awareness, and capacity building. Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island 2021–2024 $367,156

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