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Overview

It is important that as many Canadians as possible get vaccinated against COVID-19 to help end the pandemic and keep themselves and their communities safe. Through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF), the Government of Canada is making sure every Canadian who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can get one, thereby closing the gap among populations with lower vaccine uptake.

The Immunization Partnership Fund initially received between $3-5 million per year for five years (2016-2021) through Budget 2016. In 2020, the IPF received $30.25 million in additional funding over 2.5 years to allow the Public Health Agency of Canada to continue building on early momentum, while identifying new initiatives to support vaccine confidence, uptake, and access to COVID-19 vaccines. This funding is helping Canadians make informed COVID-19 vaccination decisions, as well as helping them to catch up on routine vaccines that may have been missed during the pandemic.

This funding is designed to protect Canadians from COVID-19 and other vaccine preventable diseases by supporting our health partners in three priority areas:

  • Build capacity of Health Care Providers as vaccinators and vaccination promoters by:
    • developing tools, training, and evidence-based information for health care providers to counsel individuals on the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines
  • Support Community-Based COVID-19 Education, Promotion and Outreach by:
    • addressing gaps in knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of Canadians, with a particular emphasis on underserved or marginalized populations, related to vaccination
    • developing tailored and evidence-based information to increase vaccine confidence and acceptance, with a particular focus on COVID-19 vaccines, including information as to where to access the vaccine(s)
    • supporting mechanisms and initiatives that reduce and remove barriers to vaccination, and provide access to vaccination
  • Build capacity for Evidence-Based Vaccination Communication by:
    • supporting organizations to develop communications strategies and public engagement strategies to foster evidence-based dialogue around vaccines.

Visit the Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge for additional projects being funded to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake across Canada.

About the Immunization Partnership Fund

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 2 million deaths are prevented worldwide every year due to vaccination.

Vaccination has wiped out smallpox completely and has successfully and dramatically lowered the rates of many other diseases in countries with strong vaccination programs. Some diseases, like polio, have been eliminated from Canada and the rest of the Americas because of vaccines.

Today, not enough Canadians are vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases. As a result, Canadians are still at risk for needless illness and death from infectious diseases that could be prevented through vaccination. Recognizing this public health challenge, the Government of Canada committed $25 million in Budget 2016 to increase vaccination coverage in Canada.

In response to Canada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, in September 2020, the Government of Canada committed an additional $30.25 million (2020-2023) to continue to support efforts to increase vaccine acceptance and uptake among Canadians and reduce vaccine preventable disease.

Currently funded projects

Projects that are currently being funded through the Immunization Partnership Fund
Location Organization Project title Project description Target audience Funding amount

Alberta

Alberta International Medical Graduates Association

Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Literacy and Acceptancy among Newcomers

This project will offer tailored interventions to increase vaccine literacy and improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine among newcomers to Canada. Interventions will include practical aids such as booking vaccine appointments, providing appointment reminders, and providing transportation to and from vaccine appointments. The project will also create multilingual educational supports to ensure newcomers to Canada have up-to-date information on vaccines and can ask questions in their preferred language.

Newcomers to Canada

$500,000

British Columbia

African Arts & Culture Community Contributor Society

Increasing Confidence in the COVID-19 Vaccine in British Columbia's Black Community

This project will work to empower Black community leaders in British Columbia to be COVID-19 vaccine promoters, establish a coalition of Black-led vaccination clinics, and develop vaccination promotion and management tools that are culturally responsive.

Black communities in British Columbia

$450,000

British Columbia

British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres (BCACHC)

Community Vaccination Promotion - British Columbia Project (CVP BC)

This project is increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among vulnerable populations across British Columbia by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources, identifying and assessing the unique needs of vulnerable populations across British Columbia, and implementing tailored strategies to ensure vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs.

Vulnerable populations across British Columbia,
Community health providers and workers

$323,871

British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

University of British Columbia

Community Engagement Matters: Empowering Local Solutions for COVID-19 Immunization Uptake in Western Canada

This project is developing a novel, facilitated workshop approach to help communities reduce structural barriers to COVID-19 vaccination. This approach will involve training and mentoring an inter-provincial network of workshop facilitators across four Western Provinces, building more local capacity to generate grassroots solutions and enhance vaccination uptake.

Public health, Primary and community care leaders, Local organizations, Indigenous and/or cultural leaders, Municipal leadership, and other Policy makers

$419,000

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Mainline, a program of the Mi'Kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Promoting Vaccine Access and Acceptability for People who Use Drugs and Urban Indigenous People in Halifax, Nova Scotia

This project will work to increase uptake and improve accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines for people who use drugs and urban Indigenous Peoples through information sharing, single-day community vaccination clinics, and a mobile vaccination service.

People who use drugs and urban Indigenous Peoples in Halifax, Nova Scotia

$123,000

La Tuque, Trois-Rivières, and Joliette, Québec

Regroupement des centres d'amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ)

Miro Matisiwin (bien-être)

This project will train the staff of three Quebec-area Friendship Centres to promote the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 among the Indigenous populations they serve, with a particular focus on youth.

Indigenous Peoples in La Tuque, Trois-Rivières, and Joliette, Québec

$475,000

Manitoba

Manitoba Association of Community Health (MACH)

Community Vaccination Promotion - Manitoba Project (CVP Manitoba)

This project is increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among vulnerable populations across Manitoba by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources, identifying and assessing the unique needs of vulnerable populations across Manitoba, and implementing a tailored strategy for each of its member community health centres to ensure their vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs.

Vulnerable populations across Manitoba,
Community health providers and workers

$350,625

National

Women's College Hospital

Long Term Care, Homecare, Essential Workers National Vaccination Engagement Campaign

This project will implement a national capacity building and education initiative reaching non-physician health care practitioners and other essential workers in long-term care facilities and homecare settings. This project will provide these health care professionals with tools, training and evidence-based information to build vaccine awareness, increase their willingness to get vaccinated, and support them to become advocates and educators in their daily interactions at work and home.

Non-physician health care practitioners and other essential workers in long-term care facilities and homecare settings

$500,000

National

Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU)

A Tailored Automated COVID Vaccine Communication Strategy to Build Primary Care Providers' Capacity to Address Vaccine Hesitancy among their Patients

EOHU will work with up to 300 family physicians and nurse practitioners across Canada to build their capacity to deliver evidence-based messaging to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake and counter vaccine hesitancy among their patients.

Primary care patient populations less likely to have received the vaccine based on factors like reason for vaccine hesitancy, age, language, education level, rurality, gender, and ethnicity.

$450,000

National

Refugee 613

Vaccination, Misinformation and Digital Media: Mobilizing Newcomer Information Practices for Effective COVID Communications

This project will research, develop, and test evidence-based strategies to counter the impact of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on newcomer and racialized audiences in digital spaces. This research will enable fact-based information and strategies to be shared on a national scale with stakeholder groups and organizations working to address barriers and overcome vaccine hesitancy among newcomers to Canada.

Newcomers to Canada and racialized populations

$500,000

National

BGC Canada

Tackling Vaccine Hesitancy in Canada: A Community-Based BGC Clubs Approach to Raising Awareness about the Benefits of COVID-19 Vaccinations

This project will work to promote positive messaging about COVID-19 vaccines and foster evidence-based dialogue around vaccination among families of children and youth who access programming at local BGC Clubs across Canada.

Youth,
Parents and guardians

$500,000

National

Canada Safety Council

Elmer Vaccine Education and Awareness Program

This project will create a Vaccine Education and Awareness program to be delivered in schools with the support of teachers across Canada. Program materials will assist teachers to engage both students and their parents on the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19.

Teachers,
Students in primary, junior, and intermediate grades,
Parents and guardians

$220,000

National

Dr. Peter Centre

COVID-19 Vaccine Micro-Funding and Community of Practice for Frontline Organizations: Promoting Community, Education, and Acceptance

This project is increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved populations by reducing barriers and improving access to vaccination through the establishment of a bilingual National Community of Practice (CoP) to support agencies across Canada that serve marginalized populations living with HIV and other health issues.

Marginalized populations living with HIV and other health issues

$537,301

National

Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC)

Community Vaccination Promotion - National Project (CVP National)

This project is increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among vulnerable populations across Canada by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources and best practices with health and social sector stakeholders to improve collective outreach and engagement capacity with vulnerable populations.

Vulnerable populations across Canada,
Community health providers and workers

$598,915

National

The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC)

#ScienceUpFirst

This project is a national awareness and engagement initiative that creates, distributes and amplifies best in class, science-informed content surrounding COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccines. #ScienceUpFirst is countering the infodemic by engaging Canadian science and health communicators, national mainstream media, science-informed social media influencers, and the general public.

General public

$1,749,578

National

Canadian Public Health Association

Creation of a Canadian Immunization Resource Centre (CANVAX)

This project, led by the Canadian Public Health Association, is designed to provide ready access to the latest evidence-based products and tools via the online Canadian Vaccination Evidence Resource and Exchange Centre. The Centre primarily targets those who are responsible for the planning, development and promotion of immunization programs and health care providers, and aims to increase their understanding, awareness and capacity to enhance vaccine acceptance and uptake in Canada.

Vaccinators,
Health care providers

$1,847,303

National

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Influenza vaccine effectiveness monitoring

This multi-year project, led by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), monitors vaccine effectiveness against medically attended, laboratory-confirmed influenza in Canada and provides estimates of vaccine protection to public health and immunization stakeholders and the Canadian public. BCCDC is also monitoring COVID-19 and non-influenza respiratory viruses, including detection and derivation of future vaccine effectiveness.

Public health and immunization stakeholders,
General public

$2,732,965

National

Public Health Association of British Columbia

Kids Boost Immunity

Kids Boost Immunity (KBI), developed by the Public Health Association of British Columbia, is a school-based, online learning platform designed to raise student literacy around the importance of vaccines by affecting changes in knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. Based on the province's science, health and social studies curriculum, KBI utilizes a variety of interventions, including quizzes and classroom competitions. Specific learning modules dedicated to COVID-19 are being incorporated into this initiative.

Youth

$1,139,916

New Westminster and Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre

Community Pop-Up Clinics for COVID-19 Outreach at Single Room Occupancy Dwellings & Homeless Shelters

This project will reach underserved individuals in Vancouver and New Westminster who are underhoused or homeless with COVID-19 testing, vaccine education, promotion, and outreach through weekly pop-up clinics.

Underhoused and homeless individuals in New Westminster and Vancouver, British Columbia

$460,000

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

Improving COVID-19 Vaccination Service for African Nova Scotians

In collaboration with government, community, and academic partners, this project will implement a community-based and culturally specific education, promotion and outreach campaign to promote the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine to African Nova Scotians.

People of African Descent in Nova Scotia

$430,000

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Association of Community Health Centres (NSACHC)

Community Vaccination Promotion - Nova Scotia Project (CVP Nova Scotia)

This project is increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among vulnerable populations across Nova Scotia by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources, identifying and assessing the unique needs of vulnerable populations across Nova Scotia, and implementing tailored strategies to ensure vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs.

Vulnerable populations across Nova Scotia,
Community health providers and workers

$292,800

Ontario

Indigenous Primary Health Care Council

Bami'aagan - Supporting Indigenous Peoples on their Vaccine Decision-Making Journeys

This project will strengthen the knowledge and confidence of non-Indigenous Health Care Providers (HCPs) to promote vaccine uptake among Indigenous clients and their families in a culturally safe and trauma-informed way, through educational outreach sessions and resources. It will also enable Indigenous-led primary health care agencies to develop and implement community-based vaccine communication and outreach strategies designed by and for Indigenous people, such as digital and in-person stories and social media toolkits.

Health care providers,
Indigenous Peoples

$500,000

Ontario

University Health Network

Personal Support Worker (PSW)-led vaccine education for PSWs: A Coalition to Rebuild Trust and Support Informed Choice

Building on an existing, free online curriculum designed for personal support workers (PSWs), this project will build capacity within the PSW workforce so that they can effectively support informed choices about COVID-19 vaccination among their colleagues, their communities, and their clients/patients.

Personal support workers

$325,000

Ontario

Alliance for Healthier Communities

Community Vaccination Promotion - Ontario (CVP-ON)

This project is increasing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among vulnerable populations across Ontario by developing and sharing evidence-based and culturally relevant vaccination promotion resources, identifying and assessing the unique needs of vulnerable populations across Ontario, and implementing tailored strategies to ensure vaccination promotion efforts meet these needs.

Vulnerable populations across Ontario,
Community health providers and workers

$898,011

Quebec

Institute national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)

HPV Vaccination in Schools: Developing Effective Strategies for Increasing Vaccine Coverage

The Institute national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), in collaboration with the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, is developing and evaluating different strategies designed to increase vaccination coverage rates in select elementary schools within the province. These parent-focused strategies include motivational interviewing, education, decision-making tools, and reminders to submit consent forms.

Parents and guardians,
Youth,
Teachers/educators

$723,804

Regina and surrounding communities, Saskatchewan

Regina Treaty / Status Indian Services Inc. (RT/SIS)

Regina Urban Indigenous COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

This project will implement a range of community-based COVID-19 education, promotion, prevention and outreach strategies reaching urban Indigenous populations in Regina and surrounding communities. The strategy will also involve the delivery of vaccinations through community-based clinics.

Indigenous Peoples in Regina and surrounding communities, Saskatchewan

$100,000

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Done by 2: Improving Equity in Immunization Coverage Rates of Underserved and Vulnerable Populations in Saskatchewan

Led by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, this project is utilizing an electronic immunization reminder system and community program builders (CPBs) to remind clients (parents/guardians with preschool children) that their children are overdue for vaccinations. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this project will also develop mechanisms for COVID-19 mobile clinics, outreach, and knowledge translation to increase understanding about vaccination and access to vaccination for families and high-risk populations.

Community health workers,
Parents and guardians,
High-risk populations

$650,642

Surrey and Chilliwack Regions of British Columbia

British Columbia Fraser Health Authority

Immunization Outreach Services

This project, led by the British Columbia Fraser Health Authority, is designed to enhance access to vaccination and increase vaccine coverage for 2-year olds in the Surrey and Chilliwack regions of British Columbia by improving services for more vulnerable populations such as hard-to-reach families, Indigenous populations, newcomers to Canada, and low-income families.

Hard-to-reach families,
Indigenous populations,
Newcomers to Canada,
Low-income families

$709,175

Toronto, Ontario

Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre

Optimizing COVID-19 Uptake among Racialized Women in the Greater Toronto Area

This project will work in partnership with community leaders and community-based health care organizations serving racialized women to develop and implement culturally tailored and responsive tools, resources and webinars to improve vaccine uptake among women from the African, Caribbean, Black, Latin American and South Asian communities living in Toronto and surrounding areas.

Racialized women,
Ethno cultural and faith-based organizations

$450,000

Toronto, Ontario

The University of Toronto

Playing your CARDs to Improve the COVID-19 Vaccination Experience

Previously developed for children, this project aims to address vaccination hesitancy in adults to help ensure the COVID-19 vaccination experience is positive, not only to ensure completion of the 2 dose series, but also to enable those receiving the vaccine to become vaccine promoters within their own spheres of influence.

Vaccinators,
General public

$499,792

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.

Protecting Our Future: Winnipeg Urban Indigenous Peoples

This community-based and Indigenous-led project will promote culturally responsive and evidence-based vaccination information to Winnipeg's urban Indigenous population to reduce misinformation and promote the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19.

Urban Indigenous populations in Winnipeg, Manitoba

$470,000

Yukon

Yukon Health and Social Services

Examining and Overcoming Barriers to Vaccine Hesitancy in Yukon

Yukon Health and Social Services has implemented this project with the goal of understanding the factors that contribute to vaccine uptake and incomplete/non-vaccination. The data that has been gathered is being used to inform evidence-based strategies aimed at improving vaccination service delivery and uptake in Yukon. In support of Yukon's COVID-19 response, COVID-19 education, communication, and outreach activities have been integrated into this project.

Yukon residents

$599,999

Completed projects

In addition, the following completed projects were funded through the IPF.

Decreasing Vaccine Hesitancy: Enhancing the knowledge and skills of health care professionals

This project, led by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), has developed a workshop and an online education module on vaccine hesitancy. These courses provide health care providers with a better understanding of the common causes of vaccine hesitancy and the most effective ways to counsel their patients and families to make informed decisions. Additionally, CPS has reinstated the online version of its Education Program for Immunization Competencies (EPIC), designed to help health care professionals provide accurate and complete information to their patients about immunization. In response to COVID-19, this project included training specific to COVID-19 and integrated the COVID-19 context into existing modules.

Funding amount: $726,704

Development of a mobile enhanced immunization information system (CANImmunize)

CANImmunize Inc. has developed a smartphone and web-based immunization tracking application for Canadians. It offers appointment reminders, information about vaccines, local outbreak notifications and other information specific to each province or territory.

Funding amount: $3,812,397

Enhancing adult immunization coverage in Prince Edward Island

This project, led by the Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Wellness, has implemented a multi-faceted, province-wide initiative to increase adult vaccination rates by working with health care providers to increase their ability to identify under and unvaccinated individuals through the development and use of an Immunization Assessment Tool. As well, this project enhanced health care providers' ability to communicate more effectively with their patients about vaccination.

Funding amount: $376,521

Helping health care providers address the drop in childhood immunization coverage between ages 12 and 18 months: A pilot test of text message reminders

Data consistently shows that infant vaccination rates decline between 12 to 18 months, and there are a number of reasons for this including the need for parents or caregivers to take time off work, forgetting about appointments, as well as vaccine hesitancy. Recognizing these challenges and to promote vaccination coverage among this age group, the Alberta Ministry of Health pilot tested a text message reminder/recall strategy at the time of a child's intended 18-month vaccination appointment.

Funding amount: $320,055

Identification of under immunized districts in Manitoba through mapping of vaccine uptake

This project, led by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, developed maps that identified where there are populations of Manitobans who are not vaccinated or whose vaccinations are not up-to-date. The project also identified the potential causes of low vaccine uptake in order to tailor local strategies aimed at increasing vaccination coverage rates.

Funding amount: $595,784

Implementation of an educational strategy to promote immunization based on motivational interviewing techniques in maternity hospitals in Québec

In collaboration with provincial partners, the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et Services de l'Estrie - Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke implemented this project to increase infant vaccination coverage rates in Quebec. To do this, health care providers from the 13 largest maternity wards in Quebec received training in motivational interviewing techniques specific to infant vaccination. Motivational interviewing allows health care providers to better address the concerns of parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children and to support them in their decision-making process regarding infant vaccination.

Funding amount: $520,000

Implementing an Electronic Immunization Reminder/Recall System in British Columbia's Interior Health Region

This project, led by the British Columbia Interior Health Authority, has implemented an electronic immunization reminder/recall system to automate reminder calls for booked immunization appointments across all 39 health centres in the Interior Health Authority.

Funding amount: $195,814

Improving Immunization Rates Among Pregnant Women in Canada - Working with care providers and the public

This project, led by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGC), has gathered information through surveys and focus groups to better understand the knowledge, attitudes and practices of both health care providers and women of reproductive age related to vaccination during pregnancy. This knowledge was used to inform the development of tools, resources and educational programs for clinicians, allied healthcare providers and women. These materials were updated to incorporate elements related to COVID-19 as a means to address increased vaccination anxiety or hesitancy due to the pandemic.

Funding amount: $1,052,726

Improving the Vaccination Experience at School: What CARDS are you going to play?

An adaptation of a school-based vaccination intervention called The CARD™ System (C-Comfort, A-Ask, R-Relax, D-Distract), University of Toronto researchers evaluated its effectiveness when implemented in the school vaccination program in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health using a randomized controlled trial design.

Funding amount: $48,782

Midwives and Vaccination: Delivering evidence based care

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) undertook this project with the goals of: understanding the challenges faced by midwives regarding the availability of information about vaccines and how this knowledge is shared with their clients; increasing midwives' knowledge and competencies around vaccines; and making appropriate vaccine-related materials accessible to midwifery clients. This project also considered the unique needs and capacities of Indigenous midwives and Indigenous clients. Building on early results, CAM developed and disseminated an online training module to position midwives as vaccination promoters, with a particular focus on COVID-19 vaccines.

Funding amount: $399,644

Nova Scotia's Enhanced Immunization Access Project

Led by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, this project has assessed the immunization coverage rates of seven-year-old children through a parent survey. The results has helped to identify barriers to immunization that some Nova Scotian parents and guardians are experiencing and verify the immunization coverage rates for this age group. The survey results also informed the development of targeted interventions, focusing on the communities that emerge as disadvantaged when it comes to staying up to date with immunizations, ultimately, improving coverage rates in Nova Scotia's children.

Funding amount: $843,530

Vaccination Policy: The Way Forward

The C.D. Howe Institute conducted two detailed province-by-province assessments of Canadian vaccination policies and best vaccination practices, reviewed federal government policies and practices, and produced detailed recommendations for governments on how to improve vaccination policy in Canada for both children and adults.

Funding amount: $197,950

For more information, please email the Immunization Partnership Fund at ipf-fpi@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

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