Immunization Partnership Fund

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Overview

Vaccine acceptance and uptake are essential to protect the health of Canadians. It is important that as many Canadians as possible get vaccinated against COVID-19 to help keep themselves and their communities healthy, and protect our health care systems. Through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF), the Government of Canada is helping close the gap among populations with lower vaccine uptake by enabling informed vaccination choices. Initiatives supported by the IPF are evidence- and equity-based and deployed in communities across Canada.

In 2020 and 2021, the IPF received $45.5 million in additional funding over 2.5 years to allow the Public Health Agency of Canada to continue supporting vaccination efforts across Canada, while identifying new initiatives to increase 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
    • providing community-based solutions to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation circulating online about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccines
  • 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 funded to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake across Canada.

About the Immunization Partnership Fund

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that millions of deaths are prevented worldwide every year due to vaccination and considers vaccine hesitancy one of the top 10 health threats globally.

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 through the creation of the Immunization Partnership Fund, with an initial focus on supporting childhood and routine immunizations. Budget 2016 earmarked 3 to 5 million dollars per year for 5 years (2016-2021).

In response to Canada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the Government of Canada committed an additional $45.5 million (2020 to 2023) to continue to support community-based efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake among Canadians, address vaccine misinformation and disinformation, 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

British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario

Action 4 Humanity Development Foundation

Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in East African Community of Canada

This project aims to increase the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine by developing and disseminating evidence-based and culturally relevant educational materials in up to 5 East African languages; engaging ethnocultural groups, faith-based communities, and community influencers; and utilizing various platforms such as community gatherings, social media, as well as ethnic-based media.

East African community members

$324,000

Alberta

Alberta Addicts who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR)

Peer Capacity Building Project for Vaccination Education and Promotion

Through community collaboration, virtual information sessions, and peer support certification, AAWEAR will mobilize peer support workers as community-based peer navigators across Alberta to further support in-risk, culturally diverse, vulnerable populations who use drugs to be able to better access services and attend vaccine appointments.

People who use drugs and marginalized populations in Alberta

$374,998

National

Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux (ACCÉSSS)

Canada-wide multilingual COVID-19/Influenza vaccination awareness campaign and virtual community of immunization interest (CIVI)

The multilingual vaccination awareness program developed by ACCÉSSS aims to inform immigrants about the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza (during the second year of the project), while taking into account their migration status, language and level of health literacy.

Hard-to-reach multilingual communities across Canada

$185,850

National

Association for Canadian Studies

Vaccination Communication Network for Newcomer and Racialized Communities

This project will build capacity for evidence-based vaccination communication by partnering with leading immigrant service provider organizations and ethnic media outlets from across Canada to launch a network dedicated to ensuring that newcomers and racialized communities across Canada have information on vaccinating against COVID-19.

Newcomers to Canada and racialized populations

$292,690

Québec

Québec Lung Association

Micro-targeted digital persuasion campaign based on segmentation

This project will be based on a research, segmentation and measurement project to identify the most reluctant cohorts with respect to the COVID-19 vaccine, and will use a digital persuasion campaign on various digital platforms to increase public confidence in vaccines, in particular the COVID-19 vaccine, and improve vaccine coverage.

Populations living with respiratory diseases and vaccine hesitant populations

$415,000

Metro Vancouver, British Columbia

Atira Women’s Resource Society (AWRS)

Vaccine & Immunization Peer Training Program and Best Practices for Social Housing

This project will investigate reasons and solutions for vaccine hesitancy among women who have experienced interpersonal or systemic violence through the use of peer workers who apply a non-judgmental and culturally sensitive approach to discussing vaccination.

Marginalized women who have experienced interpersonal or systemic violence

$498,849

Greater Toronto Area, Ontario

Black Health Alliance

Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence among Black Communities in Ontario: A Multi-Pronged, Sustained Intervention to Engage Communities and (Re)Build Trust

Through an approach that centres on sustained action and cultural safety, this project will develop COVID-19 vaccine confidence activities, including project planning and community engagement; targeted health promotion messaging; and establishing and enhancing culturally safe and responsive spaces.

Black populations, organizations and ambassadors

$475,000

Alberta

Telus Spark Science Centre

Online Education and Hip-Hop Entertainment

This program is a collaborative effort to create unique public service announcements featuring Indigenous and racialized young adult talent, with the goal of promoting the importance of vaccines and providing influence to build confidence in vaccination science.

Indigenous youth, communities and leaders

$393,000

National

CanAge

COVID-19 Vaccine: Cross-Country Conversation Series

This project will create a cross-country series of evidence-based educational events that bring together health care experts, community leaders, seniors’ advocates, elected officials, local seniors and their caregivers to engage in conversations around the COVID-19 vaccine and the importance of vaccinating against preventable diseases.

Marginalized older adults and their caregivers

$400,000

Greater Toronto Area, Ontario

Ontario Science Centre

Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake

This project will empower Canadians with accessible, regionally scaled education and outreach promoting the uptake of vaccines in Canada for the benefit of citizens and communities through virtual and physical platforms of responsive public engagement.

Children and their families

$500,000

Alberta

Centre de bien-être et de prévention pour afro-canadiens de l’Alberta (CBEP)

The African-Canadian community and the mystery of vaccination

This project aims to implement culturally appropriate strategies to increase knowledge in order to demystify negative beliefs, combat misinformation, and restore confidence and acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

People of African Descent in Alberta

$400,000

National

Children’s Healthcare Canada

Immunizing Children with Confidence: Capacity, Communication, and Community

Through tailored interventions and resources, this project will improve access, awareness, and use of knowledge and resources available to frontline child and youth health care providers who are responsible for vaccine communication and provision, enabling them to safely and confidently vaccinate children, including those who are at increased risk due to COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.

Pediatric health care providers and immuno-compromised children and their families

$485,000

Greater Toronto Area, Ontario

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto

Building Trust for Action

This project aims to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among ethnic groups, including East, South East, and South Asian communities residing in Toronto, York, and Peel regions, by using a culturally competent and patient-centred approach to address problems of mistrust, risk perception, and decision-making in vaccines and vaccination.

East, South East, and South Asian communities

$330,000

Greater Toronto Area, Ontario

Community Family Services of Ontario

Enhancing Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines and Adherence to Public Health Measures among East Asian Individuals in the Greater Toronto Area: A Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Approach

This project is designed to enhance confidence, acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among East Asian individuals in the Greater Toronto Area, including newcomers and those with vulnerabilities, such as disabilities or special needs, mental health disorders, addictions, a history of exploitation or social oppression, and financial or residency dependence.

Vulnerable East Asian populations

$287,000

British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario

COVID-19 Resources Canada (C19RC)

Vaccine Conversations

This project involves: (A) drop-in and scheduled vaccine Q&A sessions with volunteer scientists and health care providers, in the top 20 languages spoken in Canada, as well as (B) Vaccine Conversations Workshops, to provide training and ongoing support from experts for people having vaccine-related conversations with others in their own lives and communities.

General public

$500,000

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Discovery Centre

Trusted Voices: Co-Created Community-Based Vaccine Education

This project seeks to enhance vaccine confidence among underserved communities in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada by: co-creating culturally relevant resources with organizations representing each community; engaging community leaders; and delivering educational outreach activities aligned with community programs, leadership and educators.

People of African descent, Mi’kmaq and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

$392,000

Vancouver, British Columbia

Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative Society

Multi-Dialect Chinatown COVID-19 Vaccination Education Campaign

This community-based outreach, education, and promotion project aims to empower Chinese seniors living in Vancouver’s Chinatown to access vaccinations and other related health supports by bringing multi-dialect support networks and educational resources to tenants, in order to address specific barriers including literacy, misinformation, and physical and accessibility barriers.

Seniors of Asian descent

$123,000

Rural Alberta

Drive Happiness

Driving Rural Access to Vaccines

This project will work to increase access to vaccination sites for vulnerable citizens in rural Alberta by providing accessible transportation options, as well as research the effect and impact of transportation interventions on vaccination rates in rural and remote communities.

Vulnerable individuals and seniors from rural communities

$500,000

National

Families Canada

Increasing Vaccine Confidence through Enhancing Capacity of Family Support Service Providers

This project aims to improve demand for COVID-19 vaccines by building the capacity of family support service providers working with vulnerable families to increase their knowledge, understanding of, and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine and to increase their access to evidence-based, culturally appropriate resources that will be disseminated to the families they serve.

Family support workers and marginalized families

$460,000

Niagara Region, Ontario

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

Peer-to-Peer Vaccine Education, Promotion and Outreach For Newcomer Populations

This first language peer-to-peer vaccine outreach, education, and promotion program will seek to ease vaccine hesitancy among immigrants, refugees and other new Canadians. Led by Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals, this project adapts current peer education efforts to a community-based program that improves collective social determinants of health.

Immigrants, refugees and new Canadians

$315,000

Alberta and Ontario

University of Calgary

Training Program for Optimized Vaccine Communication: Empowering our Future Health Care Workers with Vaccination Confidence and Competence

This project will develop and implement an educational, virtual simulation game-based program for health care (nursing, medicine and pharmacy) provider trainees to build capacity, competence, and confidence for in-trainees’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills around vaccination communication and uptake.

Medicine, nursing and pharmacy health care provider trainees

$428,000

Toronto, Ontario

Hispanic Development Council

I Get Vaccinated: Building Trust among Latino Hispanic Communities

To support community immunization efforts, this project will develop and implement a multimedia public education strategy, which uses an anti-oppression framework and science-based messaging in plain Spanish to support Latino Hispanic communities - with an emphasis on the most vulnerable populations - in building trust in public health institutions and in the science of vaccines.

Spanish-speaking and Latino-Hispanic communities

$380,000

Toronto, Ontario

SickKids

Stop COVID-19 in Kids – School-Based Vaccine Education Outreach to Build Trust and Empower Families

This project, delivered in a network of schools, community health centres and other congregate settings, is a school- and community-based education program with activities like infographics, online information sources, live information sessions, and individualized counseling with trained healthcare providers, to support the vaccination campaign for children, youth and their families, with a focus on high-risk communities.

Pediatric health care providers and children ages 5 to 13 and their families

$440,000

Northwest Territories

Hotıì ts'eeda: NWT SPOR SUPPORT Unit

Information is Medicine: Culturally Safe Vaccine Hesitancy Reduction Initiatives Driven By NWT Indigenous Peoples

Tailored to the regional realities for under-vaccinated regions of the Northwest Territories (NWT), this project builds on relationships between community leaders, Indigenous government health programs, and public health officials to understand local barriers to vaccine uptake and develop innovative and relevant messaging and methods - in all nine of NWT’s official Indigenous languages - with the goal of raising vaccine literacy and promoting vaccine uptake.

Indigenous individuals

$500,000

Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

Improving Vaccination Uptake among Immigrant Populations

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will work closely with stakeholders to provide navigation support and create a series of culturally appropriate, literacy friendly, and relevant tools to increase the understanding and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among marginalized immigrant communities and refugee claimants in Nova Scotia.

Immigrants and refugees

$226,000

Calgary, Alberta

Immigrant Services Calgary

Facilitating Vaccine Uptake in Newcomer Populations

This project will work to increase vaccine uptake among newcomers to Alberta through the creation of tailored informational videos hosted on digital platforms, community workshops, and the translation of COVID-19 vaccine community resources into various in-demand languages.

Newcomers to Canada

$500,000

National

Inclusion Canada

Increasing Vaccine Knowledge and Uptake for People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families

To reduce the multiple barriers to receiving vaccine information, improve knowledge on the importance of vaccines, and increase confidence in getting the vaccine, this project will engage people with intellectual disabilities and their families to develop evidence-based, best practice guidelines on how to make vaccine information accessible.

People with intellectual disabilities and their families

$417,000

Toronto, Ontario

Inner City Health Associates (ICHA)

Community Health Ambassador Program (CHAMP)

This project will increase immunization uptake in shelters across Toronto by working with shelter personnel and clients with lived experience of homelessness to advance health capacity and create a bridge between the shelter community and the health sector.

People experiencing homelessness and shelter staff

$490,000

Scarborough, Ontario

Islamic Foundation of Toronto

CAN-Vaccine

To increase vaccine literacy and improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine, this project will offer accessible local vaccine clinics, a social media campaign with leaders and influencers in the community, and multilingual educational supports to address misinformation and ensure the community has up-to-date information on vaccines and can ask questions in their preferred language.

Newcomers to Canada and racialized populations

$125,000

Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta, and Toronto, Ontario

Latincouver

Safer Spanish- and Portuguese-Speaking Communities with Vaccines

This project will support Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking adults living in Canada in becoming more informed about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines using online tools, materials, and activities with the help of community leaders and local organizations.

Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking adults

$325,000

Metro Vancouver, British Columbia

MOSAIC

Immunization Uptake Project (IUP) for Ethno-Cultural Communities

This project: supports community-based education, training, and guidance on the topic of vaccination for marginalized ethnocultural communities in the Metro Vancouver area; aims to increase knowledge and skills amongst health and community service professionals on culturally appropriate methods to engage immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural community members; and aims to increase acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines.

Health care providers, community organizations and marginalized ethno-cultural populations

$495,000

Manitoba

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)

Minoayawin Keewatinowi Askik: Engaging Northern First Nations in Manitoba to Increase Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin are undertaking community-based engagement sessions with First Nations in Northern Manitoba to improve knowledge about the importance of vaccination; build confidence in vaccines; and address barriers to accessing vaccination services in Northern Manitoba.

First Nations individuals and communities

$500,000

Manitoba

Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF)

Fully and Meaningfully: Engaging with Métis Citizens to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Understanding and Uptake

This MMF project looks to increase vaccination rates against COVID-19 and have a positive impact on decreasing vaccine hesitancy in the Métis community in Manitoba by promoting culturally informed, evidence-based information through a series of information sessions on vaccine efficacy and the importance of community vaccination.

Métis citizens in Manitoba

$500,000

National

Chanchlani Research Centre

COVID CommUNITY (First Nations): Embracing Vaccines through Narratives and Digital Stories, a Three-Component Program to Foster Evidence-Based Communication and Increase Vaccine Confidence among First Nations Communities in Canada

This program aims to work in partnership with First Nations communities to: address the unique communication gaps around COVID-19 vaccines; build trust; co-develop innovative, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate vaccine tools; and disseminate this information in a relevant and culturally tailored manner.

First Nations communities

$500,000

National

Chanchlani Research Centre

COVID CommUNITY (South Asian): A Three-Component Program of Evidence-Based Communication to Increase Vaccine Confidence among South Asian Communities in Canada

This program aims to develop innovative, evidence-based vaccine information through assessing and curating local information needs and developing theory-informed, evidence-based, multi-media, multi-lingual communication tools tailored for South Asian communities across Canada.

South Asian populations

$500,000

Saskatchewan

Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC)

MLFNs: Together, Let’s Build Vaccine Confidence

With an overarching conceptual framework involving visibility, relatability and equity, this project aims to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rates and reduce general vaccine hesitancy amongst Meadow Lake First Nations through multi-faceted initiatives.

Meadow Lake First Nations communities

$500,000

Saskatchewan

medSASK

Supporting COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in Saskatchewan Pharmacies

This project will support Saskatchewan pharmacy professionals in their role as frontline immunizers against COVID-19 by providing up-to-date, evidence-based information, resources and practice tools, with a particular emphasis on the safe and efficient delivery of COVID-19 booster doses and pediatric vaccinations.

Pharmacy professionals

$360,000

Ontario

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)

Kayshchinahook: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Métis in Ontario

The Métis Nation of Ontario will create tailored and targeted Métis-specific educational materials and a communication campaign to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and increase their uptake by Métis citizens in Ontario.

Métis citizens in Ontario

$205,000

Windsor-Essex County, Ontario

Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

Vaccine for All

To increase COVID-19 vaccine knowledge and uptake among vulnerable and newcomer populations, this project will: create multilingual educational material; provide education sessions to ensure up-to-date information is available and delivered in an environment that is tailored to the needs of newcomers in Canada; and provide assistance and support to all clients throughout the vaccination process.

Newcomers, immigrants and linguistic minority communities

$157,000

National

National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)

Take Care in COVID - Supporting Urban Indigenous Communities during Immunization Roll Out

The National Association of Friendship Centres will share information about COVID-19, dispel myths and misconceptions, and increase confidence in, and awareness of, the vaccines available in Canada with an urban Indigenous and cultural lens for First Nations living off-reserve, Métis living outside of the Métis Homelands, and Inuit living in the south.

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals living in urban, rural and remote areas of Canada

$500,000

Thunder Bay, Ontario

NorWest Community Health Centres

P2P (Peer-to-Peer: Speaking Up About Vaccine Safety)

This project will serve vulnerable populations in northwestern Ontario through targeted communications and peer outreach aimed at increasing uptake of COVID-19 (and other) vaccines. P2P will ensure equity and meaningful engagement for intersecting identities of vulnerable populations, taking into account health disparities and social determinants of health that impact an individual’s ability to have access to information and supports.

Marginalized populations

$390,528

Manitoba

Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba

Vaccine Education Program: Building Capacity for Rural and Remote Vaccination and Vaccine Promoters

This project aims to build the capacity of health care providers as vaccinators and vaccination promoters in First Nations communities across rural and remote Manitoba through the co-creation of four virtual simulation experiences focused on vaccination promotion and common myths and misconceptions regarding vaccination.

Health care providers and First Nations community health representatives

$400,000

Ontario

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea)

Vaccination Talks: Information Tools for Teachers, Students & Families

This project will build capacity for evidence-based vaccination communication in the school space in Ontario and look to decrease vaccine hesitancy by equipping teachers and school administrators with the information and tools they need to facilitate dialogue with students and their families through health classes.

Teachers and educators

$400,000

Northern British Columbia

Positive Living North: No kheyoh t'sih'en t'sehena Society

Education is Our Best Shot: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Northern BC

With guidance from Indigenous community members, people with lived experience, and people with positive HIV diagnoses, this project will utilize focus groups, social media, tailored informational experiences, and public events to increase the capacity of health care providers and underserved and marginalized populations to promote vaccination and become vaccinated themselves.

Health care providers, Indigenous and marginalized populations

$441,047

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Region, Ontario

Queen's University

Developing a Community-Based COVID-19 Education, Promotion, and Outreach program in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Region

This project will increase the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine across the Kingston, Frontenac, Lexington and Addington health region of Ontario by developing evidence-informed educational materials for health care practitioners, as well as a social media campaign to combat the flood of misinformation.

Vaccine hesitant and vulnerable individuals, health care providers, and community organizations

$440,000

Toronto, Ontario

Rexdale Community Health Centre

Northwest Toronto Vaccine Initiative

This project is a community-based COVID-19 education, promotion and outreach program that will leverage the existing deep community relationships of the Rexdale Community Health Centre, Black Creek Community Health Centre, and partners to raise awareness of vaccine safety and availability in an area of the City of Toronto that has been hardest hit by the virus.

Racialized individuals, seniors, newcomers and Francophones

$500,000

Metro Vancouver, British Columbia

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Culturally Appropriate COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness & Education Project for Diverse Immigrant Communities

This project aims to enhance the awareness, understanding, confidence, and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among immigrants in the Metro Vancouver region through the delivery of culturally appropriate education and outreach services.

Immigrant communities and health care professionals

$499,747

British Columbia

SafeCare BC

Increasing Vaccine Education and Encouraging Vaccine Acceptance and Advocacy in BC’s Continuing Care Workforce

This project aims to educate and empower British Columbia’s continuing care workers to be ambassadors for vaccination in their workplaces and communities through evidence-based, tailored messaging around the importance of vaccination as a safety measure in continuing care. This project also offers training and resources to build the capability of staff at all levels to become trusted sources of information on vaccines.

Continuing care workers

$250,000

Treaty 6, 7, and 8, Alberta

Sandy Beach Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation

Good Medicine

This project is an Indigenous-centred approach to increasing vaccination knowledge and support to accessing vaccination services by assisting Indigenous Peoples in decision-making about vaccination and reducing exposure risk related to COVID-19 and other infections.

Indigenous Peoples

$270,000

Scarborough, Ontario

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

COVID Vaccine Action Collaborative (Co-VAC)

Through both a strategic communications and community outreach campaign, this project aims to increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine and build the capacity of health partners and networks to effectively address vaccine hesitancy in racialized and marginalized populations.

Racialized and marginalized communities

$485,697

Ontario

Science North

Building Vaccine Confidence in Ontario and Beyond!

This project will reach people facing imminent COVID-19 immunization decisions through a comprehensive program of virtual and in-person activities produced in English and French, including a podcast series with public health units and experts. This project will also host webinars for students, parents and caregivers; digital content and events for young adult audiences; and in-person, hands-on exhibits and workshops for family audiences across Northern Ontario.

Vaccine hesitant individuals, particularly youth and young adults

$500,000

Southeast Manitoba

Southeast Resource Development Council (SERDC)

Ganawendamaw (To Take Care Of)

This project aims to take care of and protect SERDC’s 7 affiliated First Nation Communities in Southeastern Manitoba from COVID-19-related ongoing illness and population-level health impacts by increasing vaccine rates through an Indigenous community-led vaccine campaign. The campaign will support community staff and community members in working towards understanding and addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

Indigenous individuals served by Southeast Resource Development Council Health

$475,000

Ontario

Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO)

Improving Vaccination Acceptance within the Sickle Cell Disease/Black Community

In collaboration with medical and community partners, this project will provide evidence-based and culturally appropriate education and support to the sickle cell disease and Black community to reduce hesitancy and improve COVID-19 uptake and acceptance.

Sickle cell disease patient populations and Black communities

$200,000

Ontario

Health Commons, based at Sinai Health

Supporting a Multi-Pronged Vaccination Strategy and Implementation in High Priority Communities across Ontario

Building on existing work underway in Ontario and taking an equity-based, population health approach to immunization, this project will ensure that vaccination activities are designed with the direct expertise and experience of organizations that are actively responding to COVID-19 in Ontario’s hardest hit communities, and will meet the different needs of marginalized communities.

Community and health providers, leaders and ambassadors

$285,000

British Columbia

RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique

Draw me a Picture

A community-based initiative that uses a participatory approach, peer educators, and adapted communications (customized visual content) to effectively communicate information about COVID-19 and the safety, efficacy, and benefits of vaccination.

Francophones in British Columbia

$340,000

National

Syrian Canadian Foundation

Arab-Speaker Vaccination Program

To promote vaccine awareness and acceptance among Arabic-speaking newcomers and citizens, this project will work with established partners, community ambassadors, and health care providers across the country. Project activities include: producing evidence-based and culturally responsive tools to effectively combat vaccine hesitancy; creating community-based COVID-19 education via social media and direct communication; and hosting dialogue training events in cooperation with health care providers.

Arabic community in Canada and health care providers

$460,000

National

University of Ottawa (Francophone Affairs, Faculty of Medicine)

To Equip Healthcare Professionals in Francophone Minority Settings to Encourage these Vulnerable Populations to make Informed Decisions about COVID-19 Vaccines

This project aims to better understand attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines among French-speaking minority populations, including French-speaking immigrants, in order to develop culturally appropriate training for health professionals who will be able to better discuss COVID-19 vaccination with their French-speaking patients so that they can make informed decisions.

Francophone minority communities, and health care providers and students serving Francophone communities

$375,000

National

McMaster University (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Supporting Canadian Health Service Users with Decision-Making on COVID-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy and Lactation

This project will engage patients and health care professionals in developing an evidence-based infographic to support decision-making with regards to COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating Canadian people, which will be disseminated widely through community proxies and existing networks to increase vaccine confidence, especially among those belonging to Indigenous, racialized and marginalized groups.

Pregnant and lactating individuals from marginalized, racialized or Indigenous communities and health care professionals.

$500,000

Ottawa, Ontario

University of Ottawa (School of Nursing)

Optimizing Vaccine Acceptance and Uptake in the African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Communities in Ottawa

This project involves partnerships with health care providers, community and faith-based organizations to build the capacity of health care providers to meaningfully engage African, Caribbean, and Black community members in the Ottawa Capital region to develop and implement targeted interventions and outreach programs that will increase the confidence, acceptance and uptake of vaccines.

African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities and health care providers

$490,000

Prince Edward Island

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)

Development and Implementation of the Island Vaccine Education Program

This community outreach model will be a shared collaboration between the University of Prince Edward Island, CHANCES, Best Start, and the network of Family Resource Centres across Prince Edward Island, to provide accurate information about immunization programs, decrease barriers to attendance, and create opportunities for informed decision-making among families that face additional life challenges.

Vulnerable families

$500,000

National

University of Waterloo

Connect, Collaborate and Tailor (CCT): Co-Designing Multimedia Tools for COVID-19 Vaccinations and Beyond

This project will use a co-design approach in close collaboration with diverse communities, and will develop community-engaged multimedia tools that support vaccine confidence and address vaccine misinformation and disinformation.

Health care providers and community leaders

$499,651

Peel Region, Ontario

WellFort Community Health Services

Building Vaccine Confidence, Acceptance and Uptake in Peel through Community Engagement

This project will aim to promote and improve vaccine confidence and access among marginalized and vulnerable populations of Region of Peel by: providing public education and increasing awareness on various aspects of vaccines in culturally and linguistically appropriate formats; utilizing a Community Ambassador model; engaging local businesses, service providers and health care providers; distributing capacity-building tools and resources; and leveraging existing partnerships.

Racialized communities

$500,000

Wikwemikong, Ontario

Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

Wiikwemkoong COVID-19 Vaccine Community Engagement Project

Tailored to Indigenous communities, this project will focus on increasing confidence, acceptance, and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine through a vaccination communications strategy inclusive of the traditional language Anishinaabemowin, and which will include the development of communication and engagement messaging and tools in order to tackle vaccine hesitancy within the community.

Indigenous community members from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

$500,000

Avalon and Burin Regions, Newfoundland and Labrador

YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador

Y-Take the Shot

Through this program designed for traditionally underserved or marginalized populations, YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador will endeavour to improve knowledge about the importance of vaccination, build confidence in vaccines through education and outreach, and will actively address barriers to accessing vaccination services such as, but not limited to, translation, transportation and childcare.

Single parents, newcomers and individuals living in rural Newfoundland

$328,500

Toronto, Ontario

The Feed With Dr. G

Bringing Vaccine Science to the Public

This project is creating and disseminating a series of targeted social media “explainers” to bust common myths and help overcome barriers to vaccination.

Vaccinators and the general public

$184,180

National

Digital Public Square

Leveraging Digital Tools to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Adoption

This project is working to reduce the spread of vaccine misinformation with a gamified platform built to help people explore the latest verified data on COVID-19 vaccines.

The general public, with a focus on vulnerable communities and young people

$1,000,000

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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