Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund

Funding requests are no longer being accepted at this time. Invitations to submit funding requests for future projects will be made available at a later date.

About this Fund

About the Fund

The Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF) addresses the impact of climate change on human health in Canada by:

  • increasing capacity to respond to the rising demands posed by climate-driven zoonotic (diseases that can be transmitted from animals and insects to humans), food-borne and water-borne infectious diseases
  • enabling Canadians and communities to have access to timely and accurate information to better understand their risks and take measures to prevent infection
  • improving adaptability and resiliency to the health impacts of climate-driven infectious diseases, through surveillance and monitoring activities and access to education and awareness tools, to equip:
    • Health professionals with the information they need to provide advice to their patients and clients on climate-driven infectious diseases
    • Canadians and communities with the tools to protect themselves from the health risks associated with climate-driven food-borne, water-borne and zoonotic infectious diseases

Priority Areas

Monitoring and Surveillance

  • Building baseline data and enhancing knowledge and expertise to understand, predict, and monitor current and future risks through innovative approaches to surveillance, detection and analysis of climate driven infectious diseases.
  • Collaborative and novel approaches for the collection, sharing and use of data to support evidence-based public health actions that equip and empower Canadians to adapt

Education and Awareness

  • Promoting the development, uptake and distribution of education and awareness materials for health professionals.
  • Facilitating education, awareness and the dissemination of tools and best practices within or across Canadian communities and among vulnerable populations.

IDCCF Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals (Solicitation) is now closed.

Funded Projects

Funded Projects

Projects currently being funded by the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund include:

  • Bishop's University: Citizen-based surveillance of Ixodes scapularis and other ticks using eTick.ca, a web platform dedicated to image-based tick identification
    • This project aims to enhance current surveillance resources through the expansion and further development of eTick.ca, an existing web platform where citizens can submit pictures of ticks online for rapid identification by an expert and receive a response with information regarding the species name, medical relevance and provincial guidelines to follow if bitten.
      Funding: $706,799.00
      Duration: September 2018 to March 2022
  • Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing: Empowering the next generation of health care professionals with knowledge, skills, tools, and supports to address infectious diseases related to climate change in Canada
    • This project looks to develop a set of national, evidence-informed, consensus-based tools and e-resources for nurses entering practice to build their knowledge and capacity to engage in public health activities related to infectious diseases transmitted by insects and ticks that are emerging and/or expanding in Canada as a result of climate change.
      Funding: $496,243.00
      Duration: July 2018 to March 2021
  • Centre for Effective Practice: Lyme Disease Clinical Toolkit
    • Develop two national tools/resources that address the needs of target end users and the system overall related to Lyme disease in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in consultation and collaboration with other health professionals.
      Funding: $195,782.00
      Duration: September 2018 to March 2020
  • Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat: Surveillance activities and raising awareness among the Huron-Wendat Nation regarding Lyme disease risk and prevention
    • With the expanding distribution of tick-borne diseases in Quebec (e.g. Lyme disease) and given the Huron-Wendat Nation's interest to be informed of the presence of ticks on its territory, a participatory research project is proposed to improve activities related to the active surveillance of ticks by the CNHW, in close cooperation with the INSPQ.
      Funding: $347,879.00
      Duration: October 2018 to March 2021
  • Conseil des Abénakis de Wôlinak: Lyme disease research and monitoring in Abénakis de Wôlinak territory
    • Surveillance study to determine whether Lyme disease is present in the Ndakinna territory, the ancestral territory of the Abenaki nation.
      Funding: $45,045.00
      Duration: June 2018 to March 2021
  • Institut national de santé publique du Québec: Development of training for autonomous monitoring of Ixodes scapularis ticks in Canadian parks and raising awareness of workers and the general public regarding the risks related to Lyme disease
    • Develop training on Lyme disease for those responsible for Canadian parks, who will then inform the managers, workers, volunteers, users and visitors of these parks about Lyme disease risk and prevention measures. The training will also provide workers with the ability to monitor tick populations (Ixodes scapularis) in their parks.
      Funding: $129,143.00
      Duration: January 2019 to December 2019
  • Lakehead University: Extreme weather event-related infectious disease prevention and control: promoting competency through education interventions delivered to diverse and multi-sectoral learners
    • Equip resident physicians in Northern Ontario, and other multi-sectoral health and non-health professional learners in other jurisdictions (e.g., through partnership with the University of Toronto), with the knowledge and skills to support individuals and communities in the prevention and control of extreme weather events-related zoonotic, food- and water-borne infectious diseases.
      Funding: $112,152.00
      Duration: July 2018 to March 2020
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland: A study of mosquito population diversity and distribution, viral pathogens and the potential impact of climate change on human health risks in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the French overseas territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon
    • Explore the distribution of native and invasive species of mosquitoes (Culex pipiens and Aedes japonicas) across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as, due to its close proximity to the province, the French overseas territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Areas targeted for such research will be those of significant human population size as well as those previously under-studied (such as the First Nations communities of Sheshatshiu and Coone River).
      Funding: $91,318.00
      Duration: June 2018 to June 2020
  • Mount Allison University: Incidence, location, wildlife reservoir species and biogeographical modeling of leptospirosis in the Canadian Maritimes
    • Monitor the incidence of Leptospirosis in Maritime Canada. Leptospirosis arises from exposure to water or soil contaminated by urine from infected wildlife and domestic animals, or direct contact with body fluids from infected animals. Among the many animals that can transmit infection, rodents and other wild animals are important reservoirs of infection. Many of these species are expanding their traditional habitats northwards under the influence of climate change.
      Funding: $101,915.00
      Duration: June 2018 to March 2021
  • Mount Allison University: Field surveillance of tick populations through citizen science partnerships as means for acquiring high-density community surveillance data and facilitating community education
    • The project will use data from two large, longitudinal existing data collections from New Brunswick and British Columbia to validate the resilience of the Ogden model. Recruit and train volunteers willing to do concentrated long-term sampling from specific geographical sites across the country.
      Funding: $55,632.00
      Duration: June 2018 to March 2021
  • New Brunswick Department of Health: Building Capacity of the Health Care Sector (Providers and Facilities) For Climate-Driven Tick-borne Diseases in New Brunswick
    • Climate change is expanding the geographic range of Ixodes scapularis ticks and risk of tick-borne illness. The incidence of Borrelia burgdorferi is increasing and this trend is expected to continue in New Brunswick. The project aims to build the health sector capacity by development of a tick diagnostic laboratory service, through surveillance and monitoring activities, and by communications strategies (targeting physicians, veterinarians and the public). This will provide health care practitioners with the tools and evidence-based information needed for diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to ensure optimal clinical outcomes for patients.
      Funding: $292,300.00
      Duration: September 2019 to March 2022
  • Provincial Health Services Authority (BCCDC): Climate change and tick-borne diseases: A One Health approach in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan
    • There is an urgent need to improve the capacity of communities, front-line health workers, public health practitioners and health services institutions in Western Canada to predict, respond to, and mitigate emerging ticks and tick-borne diseases (ie. Borrelia spp., Anaplasma spp., Ehrlichia spp.). Three key goals of this multi-provincial project are:1) improved cross-sectoral detection, monitoring and surveillance capacity for selected ticks and tick-borne diseases of importance to human health; 2) increased prediction and response capacity for health professionals and at-risk communities for climate-driven tick-borne zoonoses; 3) and strengthened one health capacity to address climate-driven infectious diseases more broadly.
      Funding: $417,427.00
      Duration: October 2019 to March 2023
  • Sunnybrook Research Institute: Arbovirus surveillance in Ontario; understanding pathogen and vector bioecology and epidemiology in the context of climate change
    • Arthropod-borne pathogen activity is highly dependent upon vector abundance and distribution. The effects of climate change on vector and arbovirus epidemiology is Canada is generally focused on West Nile virus, and baseline surveillance data is lacking for other viral pathogens, impeding predictive modelling and response for at risk hosts including outdoor workers. This project will examine orthobunya viruses as a threat to health and a model for predicting arboviral activity in non-Culex mosquitoes in the context of climate change. A multi-disciplinary team of virologists, entomologists, zoonotics epidemiologists, modellers, geographers and health practitioners has been assembled to address this complex challenge.
      Funding: $300,913.00
      Duration: September 2019 to August 2022
  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada: Lyme-Aid: Helping Pregnant Women and their Healthcare Providers Prevent Lyme Disease and other Tick-borne Diseases During Pregnancy
    • Review the current evidence on effect of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases on pregnancy and pregnancy outcome, determine healthcare providers' current knowledge and practices related to prevention and treatment, and create and dissemination resources for women and their healthcare providers with the aim of preventing exposure.
      Funding: $525,274.00
      Duration: October 2018 to March 2021
  • Université de Sherbrooke: Epidemiology of the environmental fungal infection with Blastomyces dermatitidis in Quebec
    • A retrospective, multicentric, pan-Québec study on the epidemiology of blastomycosis, the fungal infection, Blastomyces dermatitidis to determine the role of clinical and molecular virulence, host and environmental factors in the emergence of this pathogen and the observed increase in the number of severe cases in humans.
      Funding: $293,402.00
      Duration: July 2018 to September 2020
  • University of Ottawa: Best practices for urban planning in the context of climate change and emerging tick-borne diseases
    • Populations in Canadian cities - particularly suburban populations - are increasingly at risk of tick-borne diseases due to climate-driven range expansion of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, coupled with environmental changes posed by urban development. Urban greening initiatives to mitigate the heat effects of climate change in cities can have further unintended impacts on tick-borne diseases. This project will characterize and monitor changes in tick populations and tick-borne disease transmission in the context of urban development and greening using a One Health approach. Ultimately, it will inform the development of a best practices report for healthy urban planning in the context of tick-borne diseases.
      Funding: $406,728.00
      Duration: September 2019 to August 2022
  • University of Saskatchewan, WVCM: The impact of lethal rat (Rattus spp.) control techniques on the ecology of climate-driven vector-borne zoonotic pathogens and associated human health risks in urban centres
    • Examine the effect of lethal rat control on the ecology of Bartonella spp. (a flea-borne zoonosis) in wild rats from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood to inform and revise rat control strategies to ensure urban cities are better prepared to manage zoonotic disease risks, particularly those that will likely increase in the face of climate change.
      Funding: $81,814.00
      Duration: September 2018 to August 2020
  • University of Saskatchewan: 5th International One Health Congress
    • The 5th International One Health Congress was held in Saskatoon (June 22 to 25, 2018), and brought together some 1,000 key scientific policy makers and practitioners from universities, governments and industry who are working towards integrated approaches and effective responses to complex global health challenges.
      Funding: $200,000.00
      Duration: May 2018 to March 2019
  • University of Winnipeg, Prairie Climate Centre: Stories of Health and Hope: Climate Change, Infectious Disease, and Community based Adaptation
    • Stories of Health and Hope will bring together science and storytelling regarding climate change, infectious disease, and how these issues combine to affect public health. It will offer engagement and learning opportunities for diverse actors - including Indigenous leaders, experts, citizens, practitioners, and policymakers - to support community-based resiliency. Through workshops, interviews, and dialogue this project will document diverse health impacts and adaptations across various sectors/scales and synthesize findings using multi-media approaches and best practices in climate and health communications. These outcomes will be shared on the Climate Atlas of Canada and support the Pan Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth.
      Funding: $500,000.00
      Duration: March 2018 to March 2022
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit: Exploratory study of the presence of invasive mosquito species in Leamington, Ontario
    • This project will involve increased mosquito surveillance and monitoring activities in Leamington, Ontario. It will also involve coordination with Parks Canada to initiate a mosquito surveillance program in Point Pelee National Park. Adult mosquito surveillance and viral testing will provide valuable information regarding the types of mosquito species residing in the region, presence of invasive mosquito species and documenting their establishment as well as vector-borne disease (VBD) activity locations through testing mosquito pools.
      Funding: $265,098.00
      Duration: September 2019 to March 2022

For more information about the IDCC Program or Fund, please contact the Program at phac.idccp_pmicc.aspc@canada.ca

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