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 ($)
Nota Bene Consulting Group Multi-Site Evaluation on FASD Prevention with Holistic Programs Reaching Pregnant Women at Risk This project will bring together FASD prevention program staff, managers and evaluators to share and discuss their programs' approaches, outcomes, and evaluations.
Longitudinal data will be collected on participant outcomes from the eight Level 3 FASD holistic prevention programs that are being evaluating across Canada and these results and best practices will be shared widely with other community-based programs.
National 2017–2021 902,017
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 2019–2023 843,163
YWCA Metro Vancouver Culturally Sensitive Awareness to Prevent FASD in Marginalised Communities A community-driven pilot project focused on social determinants of health that impact alcohol consumption during pregnancy and FASD. An awareness-building project for women of childbearing age and families in marginalized, underserved communities, including immigrants, refugees, low-income, Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Vancouver, British Columbia 2019–2022 413,793
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 2019–2023 999,967
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Fetal Alcohol Disorder: Supporting Our Inuit Families and Communities A community-based awareness campaign to promote FASD prevention in Inuit communities (4 land claim regions and 3 urban centres), improve maternal and infant outcomes for Inuit women and their families, and reduce stigma associated with FASD. Inuit Nunangat: Parts of Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Labrador; Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec 2019–2021 558,041
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 349,156

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