Harm Reduction Fund: Funded projects

The new Harm Reduction Fund is investing $30 million over five years (2017-2022) to support projects across Canada that will help reduce HIV and hepatitis C among people who share injection and inhalation drug use equipment. HIV and hepatitis C can be spread through the sharing of drug use equipment, such as needles and pipes.

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Funded projects

  • British Columbia
    • Building capacity of community-based organizations across Canada to provide supervised injection services for people who use drugs: Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

      The project will develop capacity for community organizations and service providers across Canada to operationalize supervised injection services, and work through an accessible STBBI prevention framework that caters to priority populations.
      Duration: April 2017 – March 2022
      Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

    • Establishment of Canadian HIV Phylogenetic Monitoring Platform: The St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation of Vancouver (for British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

      This project will support the establishment of a real-time phylogenetic platform to support the analysis of new HIV infection clusters, and data sharing with provincial/territorial health departments to inform prevention and testing. 
      Duration: April 2017 – March 2022
      Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

    • ANKORS Harm Reduction Education, Community Engagement and Peer Health Navigation Project: ANKORS - AIDS Network Outreach and Support Society

      Programming will offer training for people who use drugs, through adaptation of an existing program for street-involved individuals, to support underserved areas of the Interior Health region of British Columbia.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Nelson, British Columbia

    • Hub Community Program: Positive Living Fraser Valley

      This project will train at least 500 service providers and people with experience in using drugs to provide harm reduction and STBBI prevention services to people who use drugs within the Fraser Valley Region.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia

    • Awakening our Strength: A Harm reduction Outreach Program: Positive Living North: No kheyoh t'sih'en t'sehena society

      This project will help increase peer outreach services in the Prince George area to increase knowledge among people who use drugs to reduce harmful behaviours and increase awareness of, and access to, health and social services. 
      Duration: April 2018– March 2020
      Location: Prince George, British Columbia

    • Drop-In at Shimai Transition House: Atira Women’s Resource Society

      This project will enable Shimai Transition House to create a drop-in, capacity-building program for women in the community who use substances, who engage in survival sex work, and are at risk for HIV and hepatitis C.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Surrey, British Columbia

    • Peer Outreach and Education Project: AIDS Vancouver Island Health & Community Services Society

      This peer-based outreach project will provide education and capacity building to people who share drug-use equipment to reduce STBBI transmission in Comox Valley and Campbell River.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Comox Valley and Campbell River, British Columbia

    • Harm Reduction Fund: Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

      This project expands the existing peer-led initiative within the “Stride with Purpose” program to prevent HIV and HCV transmission through sharing drug-use equipment.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, and Maple Ridge, British Columbia

    • Peer based health outreach and training for sex workers in Victoria BC: Peers Victoria Resource Society

      This project supports a Health Navigator to work in the Victoria community of sex workers to deliver harm reduction and safer sex supplies, naloxone, HCV and HIV prevention and treatment information to individuals of all genders.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Victoria, British Columbia

  • Alberta
    • Peer Outreach Capacity Building: The Alberta Addicts who Educate and Advocate Responsibly

      Funding for this project will build capacity for peer outreach staff in STBBI prevention, decreasing stigma, and increasing well-being among the community of people who use drugs.
      Duration: April 2018 - March 2020
      Location: Calgary, Alberta

    • Peer N Peer: Edmonton Men's Health Collective Society

      PeerNPeer is a peer-led community based harm reduction intervention for Edmonton gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbmsm) who engage in “chemsex” – sexualized substance use.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Edmonton, Alberta

    • SafeLink Outreach Project: HIV Community Link Society

      Working from a lens of social determinants of health, this project will employ two peer Outreach Workers with lived experience to encourage uptake of harm reduction practices, referrals, accompaniment to appointments.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta

  • Saskatchewan
    • Primary Care Capacity Improvement: Tx as Prevention: Saskatchewan Infectious Disease Care Network Inc.

      This project will build capacity for a core group of primary care physicians to engage and retain people in HIV and HCV related care, and develop training opportunities for other physicians province wide.
      Duration: August 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    • Harm Reduction Capacity Building: AIDS Saskatoon

      The project will build capacity for service providers in Prince Albert, La Ronge and Meadow Lake on harm reduction, trauma-informed care, community engagement, crisis intervention and self-care.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    • Warriors of Indigenous Navigation: All Nations Hope AIDS Network

      The project will support two Indigenous peer navigators to work with people who inject drugs, and support clients by helping them navigate culturally appropriate health and social services.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

    • Peer Support in Primary Health: Battlefords Family Health Centre

      This project will train peer support workers to assist people who use drugs who are living with HIV and/or HCV by building capacity in harm reduction practices, and removing barriers to medical care.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: North Battleford, Saskatchewan

    • New Beginnings: Cote First Nation Health

      This project will provide culturally safe peer-mentoring services for First Nations people who share drug-use equipment in off-reserve Kamsack, Saskatchewan, and build service provider capacity.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Kamsack, Saskatchewan

    • Harm Reduction After Hours – Prince Albert: Access Place - Saskatchewan Health Authority

      The program will hire three Peers to distribute supplies and build harm reduction capacity among hard-to-reach clients who use drugs outside of regular business hours in Prince Albert.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

    • Harm Reduction Peer Backpack and Vending Machine Project: Battleford - Saskatchewan Health Authority

      Through community consultations, this project will share harm reduction supplies via needle vending machines and backpack distribution, and decrease inequalities for people who inject drugs in the project's catchment area.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Lloydminster, North Battleford and Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan

  • Manitoba
    • 13 Moons Project - Culturally Grounded Peer to Peer Harm Reduction support for Indigenous Young People who Use Drugs: Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

      An Indigenous harm reduction model will be implemented in this project to train youth with experience of drug use to provide peer outreach to other Indigenous youth who use drugs in North End and downtown Winnipeg.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

    • Well Equipped: Nine Circles Community Health Centre

      This project will increase knowledge among people who use drugs on safer drug use and safer sex practices by reaching clients who access harm reduction services through the Health Centre.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

    • PART II: Improving access to services for priority populations affected by STBBI, through capacity building and collaboration: Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

      This project will establish two harm reduction networks in Selkirk and Swan River to increase knowledge among people who use drugs to reduce STBBI risk, prevent onward transmission, and increase access to services.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Selkirk and Swan River, Manitoba

    • Harm Reduction in Interlake Eastern Region: Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority – Public Health Program

      This project will build on existing Harm Reduction Networks in Manitoba to offer training, testing, treatment, and improved services to people who share drug-using equipment.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Ashern, Eriksdale, Pine Falls, Pinawa and Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba

    • Main Street Project Education and Prevention of Hep C and HIV Through Outreach: Main Street Project Inc.

      This project will support two Peer Workers to be placed on the existing Van Patrol program, augmenting current staff to further their capacity to provide harm reduction services.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

    • MACH Community Harm Reduction Initiative: Manitoba Association of Community Health

      This project will develop a comprehensive plan to mobilize 12 existing members of the community health network to expand access to needle and syringe distribution programs and services to reduce rates of HIV/HCV and syphilis.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

    • Reaching Out to Our Sisters: Mount Carmel Clinic.

      The project will support Peer Workers to work in Winnipeg’s north end to build capacity of sex workers who share drug use equipment, and improving knowledge and understanding around HIV /HCV prevention.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Ontario
    • Community Based Harm Reduction Program: AIDS Committee of York region

      The program will train health service providers and peer outreach workers with current or past-lived experience of using drugs to reduce stigma and enhance health outcomes for people who use drugs in the York Region of Ontario.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario

    • Harm Reduction Outreach Program: Positive Living Niagara

      This project expands existing outreach services to more clients, facilitates in-home visits, and supports a peer support network to engage people who use drugs in project planning and delivery.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: St. Catharines, Ontario

    • Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs: Kingston Community Health Centres/Centres de santé communautaire de Kingston

      This project will build service provider capacity and update 2013 Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for STBBIs.
      Duration: July 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Kingston, Ontario

    • UR Worx - Harm Reduction Mobile Outreach Service: HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS)

      This intervention will provide harm reduction mobile outreach and testing services to people who share drug equipment in rural/remote communities.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Kingston, Ontario

    • Harm Reduction by Peer Mentorship: NorWest Community Health Centres

      This project will design a by and for peer-led approach to strengthen capacity among people who share drug-use equipment and reduce risk-taking behaviours among this priority population.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario

    • Peer Led Street Outreach Services: Réseau ACCESS Network

      Peer workers will recruit individuals who use drugs and are at increased risk for HIV/HCV infection to strengthen knowledge on risk factors, skills, competencies and abilities, and reduce risk-taking behaviors.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Sudbury, Ontario

    • Harm Reduction Peer Worker Project: Somerset West Community Health Centre

      This project will build on previous harm reduction programming to train peer workers for outreach, capacity building, and distribution of harm reduction supplies to people who share inhalation and injection equipment.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Ottawa, Ontario

    • Seeking our Bundle: Wabano Center for Aboriginal Health Inc.

      This project will train 6-8 peers on HIV and hepatitis C prevention and apply the “Wellbriety” model, an Indigenous-created and culturally-based health approach, to create traditional bundles that can assist each person in their life, health journey.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Ottawa, Ontario

    • East Toronto Outreach Project: South Riverdale Community Health Centre

      This project will expand South Riverdale's capacity to deliver harm reduction services through street-based outreach to underserved communities of people who use drugs and share drug use equipment in east Toronto.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Toronto, Ontario

    • Community Kit Makers: Street Health Community Nursing Foundation

      This project will train two peers to provide support and education for people who use drugs for HIV, HCV prevention strategies and coordinating safer drug-use kit making groups.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Toronto, Ontario

    • ACBTMSM* Harm Reduction Program: The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention of Metropolitan Toronto

      This project will reduce the risk-taking behaviors of African, Caribbean and Black Trans and other men who have sex with men who share drug-use equipment in Toronto.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Toronto, Ontario

  • Québec
    • Sharing of Drug-use Equipment and Transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C: Shift to “By and For” Approaches Focussed on Needs: Association Québécoise pour la Promotion de la Santé des personnes Utilisatrices de Drogues (AQPSUD)

      This project developed a provincial framework to identify communities in Quebec where the sharing of drug-use equipment and high infectious disease rates coincide, and how peer support interventions may be impactful.
      Duration: April 2017 – March 2019
      Location: Montréal, Québec

    • By, for and with you : Bureau régional d'action SIDA (BRAS)

      This project will bring together peer and non-peer outreach workers in both sectors of the city of Gatineau to provide information on and distribute harm reduction material to the priority population.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Gatineau, Québec

    • ADEO: C.A.C.T.U.S. Montréal

      This project will result in the establishment of a peer patrol that will increase opportunities for peer-to-peer meetings, support and accompaniment services for people who inject drugs (PWID).
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Montréal, Québec

    • DopAllies: Dopamine

      This project will mobilize people who use drugs to strengthen knowledge of risk factors associated with sharing drug use equipment through outreach and training by and for the priority population.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Montréal, Québec

    • Peer Project: Spectre de rue Inc.

      The project will provide referrals to people who use drugs, distribute information, and share observations around drug use issues with service provider networks working in downtown Montreal.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Montréal, Québec

    • HIV/HCV Harm Reduction Educator for Laurentides Region: Centre Sida Amitié

      This project will work with people who share drug use equipment, create linkages with other service providers, learn from peers about drug use trends in the region and distribute drug-use equipment to promote safer sexual and substance use practices.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Laurentides Region, Québec

    • Peers Supporting Each Other and Uniting: Intervention régionale et information sure the SIDA (I.R.I.S. Estrie)

      This project will work with service providers to develop a peer-based outreach patrol to reach people directly in homes and places where they share drug-use equipment.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Sherbrooke, Québec

    • Peer Outreach Educator: Coopérative de solidarité SABSA

      This project will implement a peer-based STBBI prevention program in central Quebec City to reduce risky behaviors among people who inject drugs, and ensure rapid linkage to care and treatment.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Québec City, Québec

  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    • I-Track (Phase Four) - Newfoundland and Labrador: Memorial University of Newfoundland

      The project intends to gain a better understanding of risk behaviors among people who inject drugs in Newfoundland and Labrador to inform future programming for the prevention of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: St-John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

    • Provincial Harm Reduction Education Program: AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador

      Project will train people who use drugs to provide outreach and support services in the community to increase knowledge of STBBI prevention, harm reduction, stigma and discrimination.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • New Brunswick
    • Peer Health Navigator Project: Avenue B Harm Reduction Inc.

      This project aims to train 10 peer support workers to provide harm reduction information and supplies, and encourage access to health care and STBBI testing, for 300 people in the community who use drugs.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: St John’s, New Brunswick

    • STBBIs, Stigma, and Drug Use: AIDS New Brunswick/SIDA Nouveau-Brunswick

      The goal of this project is to build the capacity of service providers in Fredericton to address health issues affecting people who use drugs – factors leading to addiction, risks of acquiring STBBIs, stigma.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick

    • New Brunswick I-Track Surveillance: SIDA/AIDS Moncton Inc.

      The primary objective of this project is to gain a better understanding of risk behaviors among people who inject drugs to inform future programming for the prevention of STBBIs.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Moncton, New Brunswick

    • Tell it to me in Plain Language: SIDA/AIDS Moncton Inc. (ENSEMBLE Services Greater-Grand Moncton Inc.)

      This project will develop and/or adapt harm reduction educational resources by and for people who use drugs, specifically those who are functionally illiterate.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Moncton, New Brunswick

    • Peer Education and Prevention Outreach Program: John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick Inc

      A peer-led outreach program will provide access to harm reduction tools, education materials and referrals to increase knowledge of HCV transmission among people who use injection drugs. 
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Moncton, New Brunswick

  • Nova Scotia
    • Peers Educating and Promoting Harm Reduction: Ally Centre of Cape Breton

      This project will support a peer educator to increase knowledge and capacity among people who use drugs for harm reduction, STBBI prevention, and the development of a stakeholder engagement group.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

    • Community Connector Program: Northern Healthy Connections Society

      The project will connect people with experience of using drugs to share prevention and harm reduction information with peers, and help increase the uptake of care, throughout northern Nova Scotia.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Truro, Nova Scotia

    • Peers Extend, Education and Resources: Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Society

      This project will expand harm reduction peer navigation services provided by Mainline Needle Exchange, operated by the Friendship Society, to support currently underserved communities with Halifax and targeted areas of mainland Nova Scotia.
      Duration: April 2018 – March 2020
      Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

    • Halifax Area Network of Drug Using People (HANDUP) Peers Assisting, Lending Supports (PALS): Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Society

      The project will employ people who use/have used drugs to deliver harm reduction services to their peers following release from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.
      Duration: April 2019 – March 2021
      Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Contact us

For more information regarding the Harm Reduction Fund, please contact the Centre for Grants and Contributions, Public Health Agency of Canada: phac.cgc.solicitations-csc.apsc@canada.ca

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