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Since 2016, the Immunization Partnership Fund has supported community-driven initiatives that help to close the gap among populations with lower vaccine uptake. These initiatives are all:

  • equity-based
  • evidence-informed
  • deployed in communities across Canada

Community-driven initiatives are an essential part of making sure as many people as possible stay up-to-date on their vaccinations.

The funding will support 3 key areas.

Build the capacity of healthcare providers as vaccinators and vaccination promoters

Recipients will develop tools, training, and evidence-based materials for healthcare providers to advise patients of all ages on the importance vaccines.

Support community-based vaccination education, promotion and outreach

Recipients will work directly with underserved and marginalized populations to address gaps in knowledge. They will use fact-based information to inform attitudes and beliefs about vaccinations. The projects will enhance community-based and front-line service capacity, which will improve demand for and access to vaccinations.

Projects will also develop and use information that is:

  • tailored
  • culturally appropriate
  • evidence-based

They will use this information to increase vaccine confidence and acceptance while explaining how and where to access vaccines.

Projects will use informed community-based solutions to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation about vaccines. They will use support mechanisms and initiatives that:

  • provide direct access to vaccinations
  • reduce and remove barriers to vaccination

Build capacity for evidence-based vaccination communication

Projects will work together with organizations to develop communications strategies and public engagement strategies that foster evidence-based dialogue around vaccines. Projects will also develop information tools, publications and media briefings intended to increase vaccine confidence.

About the Immunization Partnership Fund

In 2016 the Government of Canada committed $25 million to increase and maintain vaccination coverage in Canada by creating the Immunization Partnership Fund. The budget earmarked 3 to 5 million dollars in funding per year for 5 years (2016 to 2021). The fund's initial focus was on supporting childhood and routine immunizations.

In response to Canada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the federal government invested an additional $54 million over 3 years (2020 to 2023). This funding supported community-based efforts to:

  • reduce vaccine preventable diseases
  • increase COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake
  • address vaccine misinformation and disinformation

To expand vaccine confidence efforts beyond COVID-19, the Government of Canada renewed its commitment to the Immunization Partnership Fund, investing over $9.5 million for 2023 to 2024.

2023 to 2024 projects

2023 to 2024 projects
Location Organization Project title Project description Target audience Funding amount


19 to Zero

Building Vaccine Confidence Amongst Newcomers in Canada: Educating Parents on School-Based Vaccination Programs

The project will partner with newcomer-serving organizations to educate families on the critical role that school-based programs play in keeping children current with their vaccinations. This involves tailoring pre-existing educational resources as well as developing new resources that specifically meet the needs of newcomers. These resources will be available in multiple languages and easily accessible through pre-existing information pathways within the school and health systems.

  • Newcomer parents and their children (under 18) in Alberta


Calgary, Alberta

Action 4 Humanity

East African Community Health Awareness

The project will aim to increase vaccine confidence by:

  • addressing vaccine hesitancy;
  • debunking misinformation among the East African community; and
  • providing accurate and culturally sensitive information about vaccines.

This will lead to improved attitudes towards immunizations and a higher willingness to vaccinate against respiratory illnesses. The project will emphasize the importance of routine immunizations, including childhood vaccinations, through:

  • video campaigns;
  • educational materials; and
  • social media platforms.

This will raise awareness about the value and benefits of routine vaccinations. Community members will be encouraged to prioritize their health and the health of their children.

  • East African community in Canada


Victoria, British Columbia

African Arts & Cultural Community Contributor (AACCCS)

Increasing Confidence, Uptake and Access to Respiratory Vaccines amongst BC's population

The project will increase awareness about respiratory diseases within British Columbia's Black communities. It will also address lower flu shot uptake given the heightened susceptibility to flu among this group. The project's approach will involve:

  • analyzing data on flu shot trends;
  • creating informative infographics for distribution; and
  • collaborating with subject matter experts for education.

Additionally, engagement with community leaders and participation in a community art contest will help promote the importance of flu vaccination. The project will use comprehensive education and engaging outreach to:

  • reduce vaccine hesitancy and increase uptake; and
  • narrow knowledge gaps related to respiratory illnesses and vaccines.

Through a multifaceted strategy, the project will aim to improve health equity and increase flu vaccination rates among British Columbia's Black communities. The project will empower people with information on respiratory illnesses and the importance of vaccinations. The goal is to cause a collective shift in attitudes toward vaccination, effectively countering hesitancy and encouraging proactive health measures within the community.

  • Black population in British Columbia


Calgary, Alberta

Alberta International Medical Graduates Association (AIMGA)

Increasing vaccine literacy and promotion among newcomer communities

The project will focus on promoting vaccines against respiratory viruses, such as flu and measles, and catch-up vaccinations, such as:

  • HPV;
  • tetanus; and
  • childhood vaccinations.

AIMGA and its partner organizations will assist:

  • newcomer families in need of routine immunizations and
  • newcomers who have difficulties accessing vaccine-related information and require navigation supports.

The project will employ internationally trained physicians from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds as vaccine navigators. They will collaborate with newcomer-serving organizations, health professionals and provincial health service providers to improve the outreach and impact of the project.

  • Newcomers (including non-economic immigrants, refugees, temporary migrant workers)
  • Individuals without tertiary education
  • Individuals with limited financial means
  • Seniors
  • Individuals with limited social networks in Canada.


Toronto, Ontario

Alliance for Healthier Communities

Community Vaccination Promotion – Ontario (CVP-ON)

The project will increase health equity through the prevention of vaccine preventable diseases among Ontarians who experience barriers to healthcare by offering capacity-building opportunities for healthcare providers. This will allow health care providers to have important conversations with patients and their caregivers regarding immunization. It will also allow healthcare providers to partner with community ambassadors in a community health initiative. The project will target differential uptakes of vaccines due to a complex array of barriers that are attitudinal, structural, organizational, logistical, cultural and social.

The alliance will support the work of participating centres by:

  • sharing information and resources;
  • continuing the community of practice; and
  • fostering opportunities to build skills and knowledge.

These resources will now include recommended vaccines across the course of life. Participating centres will develop new information and promotional resources that address the needs of populations who face barriers as well as their healthcare providers and other community leaders.

  • Francophones (with a focus on racialized and newcomer communities),
  • Children,
  • Ceniors,
  • Newcomers, refugees, asylum seekers,
  • Individuals in need of but currently without a primary care provider,
  • People experiencing homelessness, low-income populations, racialized communities,
  • Black community




Empowering Communities: A Peer-Led Vaccine and Immunization Program

The project will address healthcare challenges among women who face multiple social determinants of health to:

  • promote vaccinations;
  • build trust in healthcare; and
  • enhance vaccine confidence.

Driven by the positive impact of peer involvement on vaccination rates, the project will leverage peers to address vaccine hesitancy through education and support. Respiratory infections pose substantial risks to vulnerable residents in social housing due to cramped living, aging structures, and limited health support. The project's expansion to include respiratory vaccines will aim to address these concerns, extending the successful model to enhance overall community well-being.

The initiative will tap into existing peer expertise allowing them to further their vaccine knowledge. The expansion also welcomes new diverse peers, capable of connecting with women from different backgrounds, fostering inclusivity. These trained peers drive program design, implementation, and evaluation, which enhances engagement through outreach.

The project will also turn its findings and insights into a comprehensive best practices document, developed using a culturally appropriate diversity and equity lens. This document will serve as a valuable resource for reducing vaccine hesitancy among women who have experienced interpersonal or systemic violence.

  • Women who have experienced violence, abuse, or marginalization
  • Older women
  • Those facing barriers to healthcare access



Canadian Association of Midwives

We can talk about it: Midwives addressing vaccine hesitancy

The project will address vaccine uptake and hesitancy, specifically focusing on vaccinations against respiratory illnesses and catch-up vaccinations across the life course. Moreover, the project will develop training and tools and evidence-based information for healthcare providers while supporting a community of practice and strengthen the micro-contribution mechanism used in the previous project.

They will enhance community-based education and outreach by addressing gaps in public understanding and perspectives on vaccination. The project will have a specific focus on pregnant people and underserved and marginalized populations. It will focus on strengthening the ability to communicate evidence-based information about vaccination. This involves:

  • creating communication tools to facilitate informed discussions on vaccines and
  • developing customized, evidence-based materials targeted at pregnant people to enhance their confidence in and acceptance of vaccines.
  • Pregnant individuals and those of reproductive age, addressing hesitancy and concerns related to pregnancy and fertility
  • Midwifery associations and clinics
  • Midwives, including those serving equity-seeking clients



Canadian Association of Science Centres - ScienceUpFirst

Addressing Vaccine Misinformation: Reaching a National Audience and Equity Deserving Communities

The project will develop a comprehensive online campaign to address and dispel science and vaccine misinformation. With the rise of misinformation and disinformation in recent years, exposure to inaccurate health information has become a common experience for many people across Canada. This campaign aims to provide audiences with accessible science-backed information to help make informed decisions related to vaccines. ScienceUpFirst will partner with a diverse group of 5 to 10 national and community-based content creators. Together we will develop a strong, engaging and effective online campaign that addresses vaccine misinformation on online channels including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter.

  • Anglophone and francophone youth (ages 18-22)
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ communities
  • Women/caregivers (ages 24-50)
  • Indigenous, Black, and South Asian communities



Children Healthcare Canada

Vaccine Equity in Pediatrics: Taking Our Best Shot Together (the VIP project)

The VIP Project will continue to improve and further develop the capacity of healthcare providers as:

  • vaccinators;
  • vaccine promoters; and
  • evidence-informed vaccine communicators.

This will help them continue to promote equitable respiratory and other childhood vaccine acceptance and uptake. The project will also further build the capacity of healthcare professionals to promote the equitable acceptance and uptake of life-saving vaccines and ultimately improve the health of all children, families, and communities. To do this, they will:

  • leverage existing platforms and credible messengers;
  • convene and connect child health partners (including other IPF recipients); and
  • identify, co-create, tailor, and align evidence-informed key messages and resources for healthcare professionals.
  • Healthcare professionals



CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS

Motivational Interviewing to Increase Knowledge about VACcination (MIIKOVAC)

The aim of the project is to implement an effective and accessible approach to promoting childhood immunization to all parents in Canada. The project also aims to counter the susceptibility of parents to misinformation. The project's approach is based on the success of the EMMIE program, Quebec's program to promote childhood vaccination. The project will offer virtual advice tailored to parents' needs, using a motivational interviewing approach, with the aim of increasing parents' intention to have their child vaccinated and reducing their hesitancy. The project aims to change parents' vaccination behavior in order to close the gaps in childhood vaccination coverage in Canada, and thus improve demand for routine childhood vaccines. In addition, by addressing misinformation in discussions with advisors, parents will be able to demystify false beliefs about vaccines, ensure they have access to scientifically validated information, and become aware of the consequences of misinformation.

  • English and French-speaking parents
  • The virtual intervention will be offered in both official languages, and will address the concerns of all parents living in Canada, helping them to make the right decisions. Promotional campaigns in elementary schools across Canada will enable us to reach as many parents as possible. In this context, the proposed approach will be useful in helping parents from all walks of life who are reluctant to have their child vaccinated.



Digital Public Square

Leveraging Digital Tools to Increase Vaccine Confidence and Adoption

The project will expand on the previous work related to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy to address hesitancy towards a range of respiratory and routine immunizations in Canada. The project will leverage existing digital tools designed to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and adapt these platforms to increase confidence in, and acceptance of, routine immunizations. Central to this project are collaborations with Black and Indigenous communities to develop community-informed and evidence-based approaches to vaccination education.

  • Black Canadians
  • Indigenous Canadians


Halifax, Nova Scotia

Discovery Centre

Amplifying Trusted Voices

The project seeks to enhance vaccine confidence among equity-deserving communities in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada by:

  • engaging community leadership;
  • co-creating culturally relevant resources with trusted members of each community; and
  • delivering educational outreach activities in alignment with community-based events and initiatives.
  • People of African descent
  • Mi'kmaq
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ communities


National (online delivery)

Dr. Gupta Medicine Professional Corporation

Meet Them Where They're At: Using Science Communication to Rebuild Trust In Vaccines

The project will create a series of evidence-based long- and short-form videos on various vaccine topics. These videos will aim to debunk common myths, build trust, and empower people to make science-based vaccine decisions for themselves and their young children. This original content will be widely spread through targeted social media campaigns.

  • General public (with a focus on millennial and Gen Z populations)
  • Vaccinators, vaccine promoters, and other science communication organizations



Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Improving Low-Barrier Access to Vaccines for Underserved Populations: Vaccine Micro-Contributions and Community of Practice for Community-Based HealthCare Providers

The project will support community-based healthcare providers across Canada to support marginalized populations in gaining confidence and equitable access to important vaccines. The project will utilize a low-barrier, integrated healthcare approach and will provide micro-contributions to 4 organizations across Canada. Using these micro-contributions, each organization will develop strategies for promoting confidence and equitable access to vaccinations. The project will also convene a national community of practice to discuss challenges and generate solutions to key practice issues related to improving vaccine confidence and equitable access.

  • Community-based healthcare providers who work with underserved or marginalized populations across Canada.


Cornwall, Ontario

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Promoting digital communication for primary care providers to educate and engage patients with evidence-based information on vaccination

The project will partner with the Canadian Primary care Information Network to engage primary care providers across the country. The campaign will contain evidence-based vaccine messages for their adult patients to boost preventive vaccine uptake. The project will address the pressing need for effective vaccination communication to reduce vaccine preventable infections ahead of the 2023 fall and 2024 winter periods. It will seek to empower primary care providers as vaccinators and vaccine promotors by providing them with high-quality, timely, culturally appropriate, and evidence-based digital messages on:

  • catch-up vaccinations,
  • COVID-19, flu, and RSV vaccines.

This approach will leverage existing infrastructure, partnerships, and initial IPF insights to:

  • engage patients;
  • empower primary care providers; and
  • and mitigate vaccine-preventable illness burdens in upcoming seasons.

By bridging public health and primary care, the project will establish a sustainable model for effective health communication and vaccine promotion.

  • Patients of primary care providers across Canada



Families Canada

Increasing Vaccine Confidence through Enhancing Capacity of Family Support Service Providers - Phase 2

The project will aim to improve demand for vaccines by building the capacity of family support service providers to:

  • increase their knowledge, understanding of, and confidence in vaccines and
  • increase their access to evidence-based, culturally appropriate resources that will be disseminated to the marginalized families they serve.
  • Family support service providers and marginalized families


British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec

Federation of Black Canadians

Black Health Defense: Empowering Community through Fall and in Winter

The project will build off the success of the previous COVID-19 outreach campaign. It will implement a new campaign with the goal of encouraging routine vaccination uptake within the various Black communities across Canada. The project will seek to:

  • increase accessibility to information around vaccines,
  • facilitate discourse with the support of regional partners,
  • bring together and engage stakeholders in the healthcare sector and
  • ensure timely updates and long-term accuracy of the resources published.

The new outreach program will complement ongoing efforts to fight misinformation around vaccines within the Black community. It will ensure that members of the Black community can make informed vaccination related choices and have access to those services should they be needed.

  • Black-identifying population in urban areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec


Fraser East and North Surrey, British Columbia

Fraser Health Authority (British Columbia)

Testing Outreach Clinic Models to Increase Respiratory Vaccine Uptake Among Children

The project aims to:

  • increase influenza and COVID-19 immunization coverage rates among 0 - 4 year olds in the Fraser Health region and
  • reduce inequities in access to vaccinations for children and their families.

The project will analyze data from the 2022 to 2023 respiratory season to identify priority populations with lower influenza and COVID-19 vaccination rates. Public health nurses will work with an outreach coordinator to:

  • identify community partners;
  • develop outreach clinic plans; and
  • deliver education and immunizations to children and their families through outreach clinics in community settings.

Clients will be asked to provide demographic information and complete client experience surveys to assess whether the project is successfully reaching the priority populations. Client feedback and community coverage rates will be analyzed to determine:

  • which clinics were most successful for reaching underserved populations and
  • whether outreach clinics contributed to overall increases in respiratory vaccination coverage rates among children.
  • Geographic areas with limited access to public health unit vaccination clinics
  • Low-income and newcomer families with children 0-4 years


Toronto, Ontario

Inner City Health Associates (ICHA)

Community Health Ambassador Program 2.0 (CHAMP 2.0)

The project will offer an innovative, community- based approach to enhance immunization and health among people experiencing homelessness. The project will recruit and train community health workers with lived experience of homelessness as integrated members of a multidisciplinary population health team. That team will co-design and deliver a vaccine preventable disease program providing seasonal, routine, and high-risk immunizations for people experiencing homelessness.

The project will engage community health workers with lived experience of homelessness as equal members of the program team. The resulting service will:

  • combine vaccine delivery with community-driven health promotion to improve uptake; and
  • help to correct power imbalances between health providers and the communities served.

The project will also couple immunization outreach with a suite of essential population health services including:

  • harm reduction;
  • smoking cessation;
  • STBBI testing and care; and
  • mental health programming.

The project model will bridge the gap between healthcare services and homelessness by connecting patients with broader health services. Integrated community-based program evaluation will describe the impact of the program; and enable the program to grow and adapt to other settings in Canada and beyond.

  • People experiencing homelessness


Scarborough, Ontario

Islamic Foundation

Give it a Shot - Immunization Program

The project will increase confidence, acceptance and uptake of vaccinations among underserved groups, including newcomer and immigrant populations. It will use culturally and linguistically relevant:

  • accessible vaccine clinics,
  • evidence-based information and
  • multilingual educational supports.

The project will also provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to connect with the community.

  • Marginalized and underserved populations
  • Newcomer and immigrants
  • Low-income individuals


Vancouver, British Columbia


Keeping Latin-Canadians Healthy and Informed

The project will use different communication channels to connect with Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences across Canada. It will promote evidence-based information related to vaccination, not only for COVID-19 but prevention of other infectious diseases, using:

  • Podcasts;
  • Social and printed media;
  • Radio broadcasts; and
  • in-person events.

The project goal is to ensure Latin-Canadians and Spanish and Portuguese speakers in Canada have equitable access to health.

  • Spanish and Portuguese- speaking communities across Canada
  • Newcomers and migrant workers
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ communities
  • Seniors
  • Families and parents


MKO region (Thompson, Manitoba)

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak

Minoayawin Keewatinowi Askik: Leveling up on Vaccinations

The project will enhance an online game for knowledge translation and to promote and increase trust with vaccine uptake for the Indigenous community. The project will focus on providing community frontline workers with the game within their respective communities to promote vaccine education, trust and uptake. These workers include:

  • community health representatives,
  • teachers,
  • health professionals and
  • community ambassadors.

The game was developed to reach across age categories, with an emphasis on children. The rationale to reach a younger generation is to create trust and education as a regular component of healthy lifestyle. It is anticipated that we will see the next generation understanding and incorporating regular vaccinations with themselves and their children.

  • First Nation Peoples living on and off-reserve


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Supporting Vaccination Efforts in Saskatchewan Pharmacies

The project will aim to increase vaccination rates of the Saskatchewan public by:

  • educating and empowering members of the public and
  • supporting front-line immunizers and vaccine prescribers in the pharmacy community.

This will be accomplished by:

  • developing and maintaining vaccine resources for pharmacists;
  • updating and promoting prescribing protocols to align with legislation and the expanded scope of pharmacy practice in Saskatchewan; and
  • operating phone and email query lines which healthcare professionals and general community members can access to receive timely and bespoke vaccination information.
  • Saskatchewan pharmacy professionals
  • Members of the Saskatchewan public


Vancouver & Surrey British Columbia

Multi-lingual Orientation Services Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC)

YES – I'm Protected, I'm Vaccinated!

The project will leverage community outreach, campaigns and educational workshops to promote seasonal and respiratory vaccines in first language and culturally-appropriate ways to include vaccines for influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The project will also promote catch-up vaccinations during the 4 main life stages:

  • infant and youth,
  • adults,
  • pregnant people and
  • older adults or seniors.

This includes vaccines that protect against tetanus, diphtheria, measles, and chickenpox. The goal is to increase newcomers' confidence in vaccines, orient them, and increase their familiarity with the healthcare system of British Columbia, specifically community health and primary care services. Furthermore, the project will strive to address barriers to acceptance and uptake of vaccines in a culturally safe and linguistically accessible manner.

The project will support community-based education and vaccine promotion through outreach, education and training for:

  • healthcare providers,
  • ethno-cultural communities and
  • other settlement organizations.

13 languages have been identified, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Dari, English, Hindi, Pushto, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Tigrinya, and Urdu.

  • Immigrant, newcomer, and refugee communities
  • Healthcare providers/organizations working closely with the newcomer and ethnocultural communities
  • Other Settlement Organizations in the Metro Vancouver Area


Windsor, Ontario

Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

Vaccine For All

The project will aim to increase vaccine confidence and uptake within the newcomer community by delivering information sessions to newcomers and their families. Information sessions will promote credible information about the safety and importance of various vaccines recommended throughout life. The sessions will be delivered in multiple languages and across various communities to target populations that face significant gaps in accessing up-to-date information and services due to barriers like:

  • language;
  • culturally competent care; and
  • mistrust and misinformation.

The project will partner with and promote services to other organizations working with newcomer populations within the Windsor-Essex County region. Additionally, the project will assist newcomers with translating, validating and updating vaccine records from overseas with the Windsor Essex County Heath Unit. Clients will also be supported in accessing healthcare providers to get the recommended vaccines as per the Canadian Public Health Vaccination Guidelines.

  • Newcomers
  • Government Assisted Refugees
  • Refugee claimants
  • International students
  • Individuals within the community facing barriers in accessing vaccines and/or information



National Association of Friendship Centres

Auntie Cares!

The project will aim to increase confidence of vaccines for respiratory illnesses among urban Indigenous Peoples. The campaign will take elements from the previous COVID-19 campaign to provide culturally relevant and medically sourced information about vaccines for respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 and the flu to the Friendship Centre Movement and urban Indigenous Peoples. The campaign will utilize the "Auntie" character to relay information via animated public service announcements.

  • Urban Indigenous Peoples


St. Catharines, Ontario

Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines (Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre)

Peer to Peer Vaccine, Education & Outreach Program

The project is a Peer-to-Peer Vaccine Education and Outreach program for newcomers to reduce vaccine hesitancy among newcomers to Canada. Without the cultural safety created by a deep understanding or respect for the cultural norms and practices of newcomer groups, trust between healthcare professionals and newcomer groups cannot be created. Building trust, confidence and acceptance requires innovative approaches. The goal of the project will be two-fold:

  • Internationally educated health professionals will deliver evidence-based education sessions to newcomers in a culturally and linguistic appropriate way.
  • Outreach work for existing programs at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, and other community organizations and ethno-cultural groups.
  • Sessions will take place in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Ukrainian, Pashto and Farsi.
  • Immigrants
  • Refugees
  • New Canadians


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

Beyond COVID-19: Improving Vaccination Services for and Acceptance by People of African Descent in Nova Scotia

The project will engage Black populations in community knowledge exchange sessions to discuss evidence-based information about COVID-19 and other vaccines. The group will also discuss a community-driven pathway towards restoring trust between Black populations and the healthcare system. In addition, the results of the community survey will be shared with community members across the province.

There will be 20 community knowledge exchange sessions located in different communities. The project will train 5 to 7 community facilitators in data analysis with 2 in-person training sessions and several virtual meetings. The community facilitators will co-lead activities in community knowledge exchange sessions. All 20 sessions will be conducted within Black communities and in close proximity as determined by community members. This is inclusive of historic Black communities as well as immigrant and refugee Black populations.

  • Historic African Nova Scotian populations
  • Immigrants
  • Refugee Black Populations



Inclusion Canada

Mobilizing Easy-to-Understand Vaccine Information

People with intellectual disabilities and their families must have access to accessible public health information. It is their right and there are tangible consequences to not achieving an equitable standard of vaccine knowledge and confidence for this population. The project will mobilize learnings from the previous project to build community capacity for evidence-based easy-to-understand vaccine communication. The project will utilize the Best Practices for Communicating Public Health and Vaccine Information to People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families recommendations guide and supplementary easy-to-understand public health communication resources.

These resources were previously developed to support and collaborate with disability, health and community organizations to enhance their vaccine communications and public relations strategies. The project will work with organizations to:

  • understand current practice and attitudinal barriers to communicating vaccine information in easy-to-understand formats and
  • provide technical support to overcome these barriers.

The goal of the project will be to leverage previous learnings to increase the overall delivery of accessible vaccine information by community-based organizations. This will increase accurate vaccine information and vaccine confidence amongst people with an intellectual disability and their families.

  • People with disabilities, specifically intellectual and cognitive disabilities.



Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA)

School-Based Immunizations: Supporting Ontario School Board & Public Health Collaboration

The project will support enhanced collaboration between school boards and public health units on school-based immunization programs and communications across Ontario. Subject matter and sector stakeholders will be engaged to:

  • identify and address promising practices and solutions to mitigate collaboration barriers and
  • support the co-development and dissemination of evidence-based audience-centred knowledge mobilization tools.

The project will aim to enhance connections within the education and public health sectors and to increase awareness of successes and promising practices in:

  • coordinating and managing school-based health interventions (including immunization clinics and
  • communicating about immunizations to students and families (particularly within populations experiencing marginalization).
  • System leaders within Ontario school boards and public health units
  • Marginalized populations within school communities



PHA Public Health Association of British Columbia

Kids Boost Immunity

The project is a school-based online learning platform to encourage vaccine and critical thinking literacy for Canadian schools. The project has over 500 free lessons from grades 4 - 12 that are aligned to provincial and territorial science, social studies and health curriculums. The project utilizes a variety of interventions to incentivize learning, including quizzes and classroom competitions that allow children to earn vaccines for children around the world through UNICEF Canada.

  • Canadian students age 10 - 18 years



Regina Open Door Society

Vaccine Awareness and Uptake for Newcomers

The project will collaborate and coordinate to provide information, outreach and vaccine access among refugees and newcomers. Through long-standing relationships with the community, the project will:

  • address gaps in vaccine knowledge, attitudes and beliefs;
  • encourage vaccination, dispel myths, and decrease vaccine hesitancy; and
  • disseminate relevant multilingual vaccine information for clinical services.

The project outcome is increased rates of the following amongst refugees and newcomers who may have missed or delayed receiving recommended vaccinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic or while fleeing war in their home country:

  • vaccine confidence,
  • uptake against respiratory illnesses like influenza and Covid-19 and
  • "catch-up" vaccinations, such as routine childhood vaccinations.
  • Refugees and newcomers



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

Mamu (ensemble)

The Mamu project is an awareness-raising and promotional project designed to sensitize the urban Indigenous population to the importance of vaccination. To this end, the project plans to develop:

  • provincial training for Friendship Centre workers,
  • a prevention and awareness campaign for each target group and
  • a specific awareness-raising activity to reach Indigenous Elders.

Indigenous citizens must be equipped to understand the importance of vaccination and be able to make informed decisions.

We plan to consult focus groups made up of Native Friendship Centre employees, as well as health professionals working in the Centres and in the CISSS/CIUSSS. These consultations will enable us to carry out our vaccination prevention and promotion campaign.

The project plans to translate into:

  • Cree,
  • Innum,
  • Anishnabe, and
  • Atikamekw.

The lack of information in Indigenous languages has been identified as a barrier to vaccination over the past 3 years.

  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Families with young children



Rexdale Community Health Centre

North Etobicoke Vaccine Education and Support (NEVES)

The project will focus on expanding community-based vaccination efforts in North Etobicoke to address healthcare barriers like distrust and limited healthcare access, especially in:

  • ACB (African, Caribbean, Black) communities,
  • newcomers,
  • migrant workers and
  • other vulnerable populations.

The project will seek to improve vaccine equity, trust, and education by:

  • partnering with local organizations,
  • deploying diverse community ambassadors and
  • through culturally appropriate and relevant education, materials and initiatives such as community wellness clinics.

By addressing concerns transparently, the project will aim to improve confidence in vaccines and healthcare. Lessons learned will be shared through evaluation reports, data collection, and community feedback, fostering a community of practice. Overall, the project's goal will be to enhance vaccine equity, trust, and health in the North Etobicoke community by providing education, resources, and partnerships.

  • Children, youth, students
  • ACB (African, Caribbean, Black) population
  • Francophones
  • Seniors
  • The marginally housed
  • Newcomers, refugees, migrant workers and the uninsured
  • 2SLGBTQ+


British Columbia

Safecare BC

VaxBytes: Bite-Sized Knowledge for Vaccine Empowerment

Protecting the lives of people living in Canada through immunization is crucial, particularly within British Columbia's long-term care sector. Continuing care workers are pivotal in supporting clients, residents, and families and are in a unique position to serve as vaccination ambassadors. However, despite the well-documented benefits of immunization, vaccine hesitancy continues to pose challenges in uptake. The COVID-19 pandemic has further complicated matters, reshaping public perceptions of vaccination and fostering misinformation about vaccine safety. To address these challenges, the project will develop a comprehensive approach that combines in-person motivational interviewing sessions and digital media micro-education to engage its specific population.

  • Front-line healthcare workers
  • Vulnerable adults and seniors and their caregivers
  • Individuals working in long-term care homes, home and community care settings, and assisted and independent living


Treaty areas 6, 7, and 8, within the province of Alberta

Sandy Beach Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation (KAF)

Good Medicine

The project will be an Indigenous-centred approach to increasing vaccination knowledge and support in accessing vaccination services. Through a land-based and context specific teaching methods, utilized through COVID-19, topics and content areas will be expanded to include:

  • respiratory viruses,
  • seasonal and emergent viruses,
  • sexually transmitted blood borne infections and
  • other life stage viruses.

Bringing together Indigenous and western science will strengthen knowledge and practice to ensure Indigenous Peoples have increased resources to make informed choices. The project's intention will be to identify and reduce barriers that affect vaccine confidence and uptake for Indigenous Peoples, including those that are:

  • cultural,
  • systemic,
  • structural,
  • educational,
  • geographical and
  • technological.

By assisting Indigenous Peoples in decision-making about vaccinations and reducing exposure risks, the project will provide a timely opportunity to facilitate and increase Indigenous innovations to address complex public health issues and other infections.

  • Indigenous Peoples (inclusive of Métis, First Nation, Inuit, urban, rural, institutional, residential, land-based), in Treaty areas 6, 7, and 8, within the province of Alberta


Scarborough, Ontario

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

Vaccine Ambassadors Reaching Out in Scarborough (VAROS)

The project aims to increase Scarborough residents' knowledge of and access to immunization. The project will expand its focus from past vaccine engagement work to include education around COVID-19, flu, and life course vaccines. This will be accomplished with culturally appropriate, evidence-informed communication developed with partners and the community. The project will draw on trusted local, provincial and federal sources of information to stay informed on vaccine-related updates. Communications will be facilitated by ambassadors and healthcare providers, and will include:

  • webinars,
  • listening circles,
  • social media posts,
  • one-on-one conversations and
  • in-person education sessions.

By involving and informing community partners, the project will increase the communities and front-line staff's capacity for vaccine-related public education. Together these efforts aim to increase rates of vaccination for both seasonal and life-course immunizations.

  • Newcomers
  • Minorities
  • Low-income residents


Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Science North

Deepening Engagement to Increase Vaccine Confidence and Acceptance

The project will deepen engagement with people living in Canada with an exciting array of virtual and in-person programs delivered in English and French across Northern Ontario and beyond. This includes a vaccine confidence digital campaign, which includes:

  • asynchronous e-workshops for students;
  • live webinars for older adults; and
  • new TikTok science explainers for all audiences.

It also includes vaccine literacy in-person engagement, such as:

  • nightlife events for adults;
  • Nerd Nites for young adults;
  • senior events;
  • school programming for students;
  • workshops for general audiences at Science North;
  • Science Festival activities for families; and
  • the opportunity for interested Health Units to run vaccine clinics at Science North and science festivals for all audiences.

The project will aim to increase evidence-based vaccine knowledge and achieve medium to high engagement results for all in-person programming. The objective is for people living in Canada to be able to make informed decisions about vaccine-preventable diseases.

  • Students in rural communities
  • Indigenous and francophone populations
  • Seniors
  • Adults
  • Families


Toronto, Ontario

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

The SickKids Initiative for Vaccine Access and Confidence (IVAC): A Pilot Project

The project will utilize 3 pillars to improve vaccine knowledge, access, confidence and uptake.

Pillar 1 will develop and pilot a program to identify gaps in vaccination in children admitted to hospital and facilitate, as required:

  • linkage to primary care;
  • opportunistic vaccination while hospitalized; and
  • vaccine catch-up through referrals to the SickKids Special Immunization Clinic.

This pillar will focus on children who are immunocompromised or have underlying complex medical conditions, and therefore may have increased risk of incidence of and morbidity related to vaccine-preventable diseases.

Pillar 2 will build on the Vaccine Consult Service, a vaccine call-in line previously to provide information to families about COVID-19 vaccination, to include all vaccines administered to children. Although the project will support the general pediatric population, the reach to children with comorbid conditions and equity deserving pediatric populations will be increased through formal linkage to Community Health Centres and networks of pediatricians.

Pillar 3 will build on prior STOP COVID-19 in Kids projects and relationships by identifying and addressing ongoing immunization coverage and educational deficits. Its messaging will be tailored to the communities from the partnered Community Health Centres in a culturally appropriate way. This pillar will also expand on knowledge generation through initiatives that include systematic reviews and survey studies.

The project will fill an important gap in pediatric preventative care by identifying ongoing immunization gaps that may have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, either driven by:

  • low parental vaccine confidence or
  • access and/or equity issues that result in lower vaccination coverage.
  • Equity deserving and general pediatric populations
  • Children with underlying medical conditions and children who are immunocompromised


Toronto, Ontario

Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario

Vaccine Equity in Sickle Cell Disease

The project will utilize an evidence-based, qualitative research approach working with different groups to co-design a vaccination equity strategy in sickle cell disease:

  • patients, families and caregivers with sickle cell disease;
  • sickle cell clinics;
  • public health agencies;
  • community organizations; and
  • community health centres.

With the principle of "Nothing About Us Without Us" being our corner stone, a vaccine equity strategy advisory council comprising of people with lived sickle cell experience would be struck to lead this project. The vaccination equity strategy developed would provide valuable insight for:

  • hospitals,
  • policy makers,
  • health agencies and
  • education resources.

The project will support the Sickle Cell Disease community and other marginalized communities to better achieve improved vaccine understanding and uptake.

  • Patients, their families and caregivers with Sickle Cell Disease in Ontario


Toronto, Ontario

Sinai Health - Health Commons Solution Lab

Scaling Community-Based Approaches to Routine Immunization Equity in Peel Region

Hyper-local, community-based strategies have been highly effective to increase vaccination rates during the pandemic, with a focus on:

  • education;
  • easy access; and
  • culturally appropriate care.

As we see coverage rates drop for routine immunization in many neighbourhoods, it is critical to evolve these successful pandemic strategies in ways that can be sustained. The project's goal will be to:

  • implement and scale effective community-based strategies to increase routine immunization coverage in hard-to-reach neighbourhoods in Peel Region; and
  • disseminate those strategies across the province through our large and growing network of partners.
  • Children and youth (age 0-16) and their caregivers
  • Community leaders, family doctors, and vaccine clinics
  • School boards and schools


Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Burnaby, Victoria, British Columbia

Société RésoSanté

Fais-moi un dessin : de la parole à des gestes concrets pour assurer l'équité en santé

The goal of the project will be to facilitate access to respiratory disease vaccines, various screening tests and resources for overall health maintenance for vulnerable and underserved populations in British Columbia. Bilingual mobile clinics, held in familiar community settings, will bring together health professionals and volunteers trained to meet the needs of participants from diverse communities. Peer counsellors will intervene upstream to raise community awareness of vaccination and encourage participation in these clinics.

  • Francophones from different multicultural communities
  • Newcomers
  • People living in precarious situations, and marginalized and underserved populations in British Columbia.


Mississauga, Ontario

The Jasmine House - Syrian Canadian Foundation

The Community Shield

The project will increase vaccine confidence, acceptance, and uptake among newcomers and refugees. The project will aim to reach 2000 plus Arabic speakers in Ontario as well as 750 plus non-Arabic speaking newcomers and refugees in Ontario. Collaborating with a network of community partners and healthcare providers, the project will deliver vaccine promotion programming focused on:

  • vaccination against respiratory illnesses that tends to be more prevalent during the fall and winter seasons (such as influenza and COVID-19) and
  • supporting catch-up vaccinations across the life course for those who may have missed or delayed vaccinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic or their migration journey.

The project responds to ongoing vaccine hesitancy among Arabic-speaking newcomers and refugees in Canada, which can be attributed to:

  • misinformation,
  • cultural and religious social stigma and
  • insufficient access to trusted and reliable information.
  • Arabic speaking Newcomers/Refugees in the Greater Toronto Area


Calgary, Alberta

Governors of the University of Calgary

Advancing and Applying to Practice the Training Program for Optimized Vaccine Communication

Several gaps in vaccine hesitancy educational tools for healthcare providers were identified during the previous Immunization Partnership Fund project. In response, the project developed an educational program to build vaccine communication skills. The program was virtual, asynchronous, and uniquely multidisciplinary. Therefore, the project will aim to expand and:

  • advance the training program to practicing HCPs with focused scope on vulnerable populations and respiratory illnesses.
  • develop patient-centred metrics which can be utilized in clinical settings to evaluate HCP education programs and clinical services.
  • develop a comprehensive and accessible multi-modal toolkit for HCP to support dissemination and translation to clinical practice.
  • Healthcare providers in nursing and pharmacy


Vancouver, British Columbia

United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (known as S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)

Seasonal Vaccine Outreach Project for Immigrant Communities

The project for immigrant communities will aim to enhance the awareness and understanding of seasonal and COVID-19 vaccines among immigrants in the Metro Vancouver region through the delivery of culturally appropriate education and outreach services. The project will use evidence-based health information to:

  • improve immigrant communities' awareness of seasonal and COVID-19 vaccines and
  • support access to those vaccines.

Using an intersectional framework, the project will provide outreach support to immigrant communities in first language to identify any access barriers and support participants in addressing these barriers.

  • Immigrants with no or low levels of official language proficiency
  • Those with lower levels of digital literacy


Toronto, Ontario

University Health Network

From Dialogue to Change: A coalition to build trust and support informed choice

The project will build capacity within community healthcare workers, personal support workers and midwives to lead vaccination conversations with their clients and patients, colleagues and communities. The project will support front-line care providers in home and community care settings by partnering with healthcare providers, including CBI health and VHA home healthcare and community organizations. An accompanying social media campaign and vaccination policy guide will be co-designed to share the voices of these occupational groups with the public and other organizations.

  • Community healthcare workers
  • Personal support workers and midwives


Three counties in PEI (Prince, Queens, and Kings) and targeted communities across the province (Souris, Montague, Charlottetown, Summerside and O'Leary)

University of Prince Edward Island

Increasing vaccine confidence among families with young children in Prince Edward Island: The Island Vaccine Support Program

The project will aim to improve vaccine confidence and literacy among families in Prince Edward Island. This collaborative, community-based project will focus on:

  • the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • the seasonal influenza vaccine; and
  • recommended immunizations for children.

Using principles of motivational interviewing, the purpose of this project will be to reduce vaccine hesitancy on PEI through targeted education and support to island families with children under 11 years old. The project will also offer training and resources to build the capacity of the province-wide network of PEI Family Resource Centres.

  • Families with children under the age 11 years in PEI



University of Toronto (CARD)

Teaching and learning how to play your CARDs for vaccination across the lifespan

The project will address vaccine hesitancy that is related to fear and pain, which contributes to avoidance of vaccination in 10% of the population. It will build on the prior work with integrating the CARD (Comfort Ask Relax Distract) system into vaccine delivery to promote more positive vaccination experiences for vaccine clients and healthcare providers. The project will create new tools and implementation guidance for CARD to support education of healthcare providers and vaccination campaigns undertaken in the fall and winter, targeting:

  • clients across the lifespan,
  • routine and seasonal vaccines and
  • different vaccination settings (i.e. schools, public health institutions and pharmacies).

Specifically, the project will create and adapt tools and evaluate their effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability when implemented across English and French-speaking healthcare provider and vaccine client groups in different regions of the country. The project will build healthcare provider (and vaccination program) capacity and expand public education and promotion of CARD towards the goal of making CARD the 'national standard' for client-centred vaccination delivery.

  • Vaccinators
  • Organizations delivering vaccinations
  • Public


Waterloo, Ontario

University of Waterloo

Connect, collaborate and translate for vaccine uptake in Waterloo Region and Beyond

The project will build on the existing local community networks, healthcare providers, the public health and other relevant stakeholders, to better understand vaccine confidence issues for childhood and seasonal adult vaccines. The project will aim to extend the success in building vaccine decision making tools for COVID-19 vaccines to other vaccines. It will focus on the needs of underserved communities and educating the growing number of vaccinators in the communities. When creating vaccine information and decision-making tools, the project will group activities into 3 interrelated phases of successful connect-collaborate-tailor model.

In the "connect" phase, interviews and focus groups will connect with community members and healthcare providers. The interviews will help identify the main vaccines that need information and decision making support to guide the development of tools in the next phase.

In the "collaborate" phase, the project will work collaboratively with the content experts, the community champions and the diverse multidisciplinary team to design and test information tools and decision aids.

In the "tailor" phase, the products will be translated, adapted, and updated for specific groups, which may include:

  • language translations;
  • creating tools for different reading levels; and
  • adapting the use of gendered terms to promote inclusion.
  • Healthcare providers and public health decision makers
  • Community organizations, community networks and champions, and vaccine promoters
  • Employers and regional authorities


Inner city of Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver ID Research and Care Centre Society (VIDC)

Optimizing access to vaccination in the inner city: a comprehensive community-based approach

The Community Pop-up Clinics (CPC) project will be tailored toward vaccine outreach, education, and promotion in partnership with our established collaborators. Building on the results of the previous IPF-funded project, VIDC will build the capacity of health care providers (HCPs) as vaccinators and vaccine promoters through partnerships between VIDC-based HCPs, pharmacy partnerships, and community-based housing and shelters to promote the role of vaccination.

Through targeted outreach initiatives, the project will provide community-based education and promotion of all measures to reduce the impact of communicable diseases via the established CPC program at single room occupancy (SRO) dwellings and shelters in the inner city. Additionally, the project will build capacity for evidence-based vaccine communication by developing tools (including targeted written materials and communication strategies with VIDC staff) to empower staff and residents of SRO dwellings and shelters in the inner city to ensure ongoing communication about availability of all vaccines, strategies to address vaccine hesitancy and structures to disseminate new information, such as the need for vaccine boosters going forward. Overall, the CPC project will focus on preventing, understanding and advancing the knowledge of chronic and acute communicable infectious diseases, particularly in the context of those who use substances, while providing low barriers to care.

  • People experiencing addiction
  • Residents of Vancouver's Downtown East Side and SROs
  • Inner city housing providers and their residents
  • Established health authorities


Toronto, Ontario

Women's College Hospital

Childhood Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Catch-up Vaccine Engagement Campaign

The project will develop an evidence-based behaviour change campaign targeted towards increasing Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations for children aged 4 to 8. These children may have missed their required second dose of the MMR vaccine throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Caregivers
  • Parents, and guardians of children


Toronto, Ontario

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

Optimizing Vaccine Uptake Among Racialized Women in the GTA Across the Life-course

The project will aim to enhance the confidence in and acceptance of vital vaccines for COVID-19, influenza, and other crucial diseases among racialized women residing in the Greater Toronto Area. The project will employ a community health ambassador model for health promotion, and adopt a comprehensive strategy to foster vaccination at all stages of life and during different seasons among racialized women.

This approach is rooted in the life-course perspective, which underscores the influence of social, economic, and environmental factors on one's health and well-being throughout their lifetime. This framework acknowledges that health outcomes are shaped by the combined impacts of various experiences and exposures during different life phases.

Recognizing the significance of timing and pivotal life periods, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, in shaping long-lasting health consequences, the project will delve into how the uptake of recommended vaccines can prevent:

  • COVID-19;
  • influenza; and
  • exposure to other contagious diseases across a person's lifespan.
  • Community outreach workers and educators
  • Ethno-racial and faith-based organization and other venues where racialized Women congregate
  • Racialized women and their communities across the Greater Toronto Area



Yukon Immunization Program

Strengthening Northern Immunization Education and Partnerships

The project will have 2 main objectives: increase education and expand on existing relationships with community and indigenous partners.

The first objective will aim to increase immunization education for all Yukon residents through the development of:

  • a Yukon-specific immunization website
  • enhanced training resources to build healthcare provider vaccine knowledge

Yukoners have expressed the need for up-to-date immunization information to garner public confidence and trust in vaccination. The Yukon Immunization website will provide evidence-based information on vaccines, and up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. Enhanced training resources will consist of a training portal with updated product-specific resources for immunizers, as well as an opportunity to attend local immunization conferences and workshops.

The second objective will aim to work with local community and Indigenous partners to explore immunization barriers and facilitators and support the implementation of immunization outreach services. The Kwanlin Dun First Nation Health Centre will provide outreach services that include:

  • partnering with local organizations that serve high risk clients;
  • improving cultural safety and sensitivity in immunization services; and
  • creating a presence at local events to raise awareness and reduce barriers for vaccination.
  • Yukon residents
  • Yukon First Nation Communities including Kwanlin Dun First Nation
  • Immunizers


Completed projects

2020 to 2023

Projects funded as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Location Organization Project title Project description Target audience Funding amount
Saskatchewan Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Improving Métis-specific Immunization Access and Promotion in Saskatchewan This culturally safe vaccine promotion initiative aims to increase vaccine confidence, education, and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine. Project activities are diverse and will include online educational sessions, activities that reduce access barriers to vaccines, and a vaccine promotion and awareness campaign. Métis citizens and their families $200,000
National The Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) COVID-19 Conversations with the Black Community FBC are leading a community-based vaccine promotion project that aims to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness, uptake, and confidence within the Black community. This IPF project will address vaccine-related misinformation; promote booster vaccines; empower communities to lead regionally adapted approaches through micro-contributions; disseminate findings from Black-led COVID-19 vaccine research; and include a national digital information campaign Black and African communities $100,000
Ontario Black Physicians Association of Ontario Black Health and Well-being Initiative Through this project, BPAO will continue to support the health needs of the Black population in Ontario as it related to COVID-19 response and recovery, and working to address inequitable disparities, including disparities in vaccine education, vaccine confidence and uptake, and improved experiences with the healthcare system. This project aims to support the human resources needs for ongoing clinic modalities and to provide culturally safe services, advice, and recommendations for Black communities. The Black community and Black healthcare providers $186,200
Regina, Saskatchewan Regina Open Door Society COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunization Awareness and Uptake for Newcomers This project will take a collaborative approach to provide information, outreach, and access to COVID-19 vaccine and immunization services amongst refugees and other newcomers. Through RODS' long-standing relationship with the community, the team will aim to address gaps in vaccine knowledge, attitudes and beliefs; encourage vaccination; dispel myths and decrease vaccine hesitancy; and disseminate relevant multilingual vaccine information for clinical services. Refugees and newcomers $149,940
National Canadian Association of Midwives Midwives for 4 CAM aims to increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccines amongst pregnant people and people with fertility-related vaccine hesitancy through multi-faceted efforts including a community of practice, public engagement campaign, micro-contributions, and peer mentorship opportunities. Pregnant individuals (and specifically individuals from underserved groups) and individuals experiencing fertility-related vaccine hesitancy, as well as midwives, and diverse midwifery organizations $311,310


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



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



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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Winnipeg, Manitoba Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg AHWC Mobile Outreach Vaccination Clinic This project aims to increase confidence and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines through Indigenous-led outreach and primary care initiatives. As a trusted healthcare provider, AHWC will coordinate flexible vaccine clinics for urban Indigenous, vulnerable and underserved populations in downtown Winnipeg. Urban Indigenous, vulnerable, and underserved populations. $265,732

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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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



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



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


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


Metro Vancouver, British Columbia


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


Metro Vancouver, British Columbia


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



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.



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



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



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



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



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



The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC)


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



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



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.




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



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




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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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.



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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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


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


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



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



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


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



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




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


Scarborough, Ontario

Islamic Foundation of Toronto


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Toronto, Ontario


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


Calgary, Alberta

19 to Zero

Reinventing the Critical Role of Schools in Building vaccine Confidence across Canada

This project will strengthen the relationship between public health and the education sector by enhancing capacity within networks that support students, assessing community needs, and contributing to optimum student health.

Students, their families and teachers



Centre de recherche du CHUS (CHUS)

The MIICOVAC Study: Motivational Interviewing Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance

The MIICOVAC pilot project will offer a virtual counselling intervention based on the motivational interviewing approach to address the concerns of Canadians who are reluctant to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and thus increase vaccine acceptance across Canada.

Vaccine hesitant adults


Calgary, Alberta

The SHARP Foundation

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness Education Outreach

This program is an intervention to mitigate COVID-19 transmission in Calgary Health Zone communities facing higher risks of, or experiencing increased challenges from, COVID-19 by increasing vaccine uptake through education outreach on COVID-19 vaccine safety, effectiveness, and benefits.

2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, Indigenous individuals, immigrants, racialized communities, and health care providers


2016 to 2019

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

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

Led by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, this project utilized 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 also developed 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.

Funding amount: $650,642

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

Women's College Hospital implemented 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 provided these health care professionals with tools, training and evidence-based information to build vaccine awareness, increase their willingness to get vaccinated, and support them in becoming advocates and educators in their daily interactions at work and home.

Funding amount: $500,000

Regina Urban Indigenous COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

Regina Treaty / Status Indian Services Inc. (RT/SIS) implemented a range of community-based COVID-19 education, promotion, prevention and outreach strategies reaching urban Indigenous populations in Regina and surrounding communities. The strategy involved the delivery of vaccinations through community-based clinics.

Funding amount: $100,000

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