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Government of Canada launches Harm Reduction Fund

Government of Canada launches Harm Reduction Fund

Deadline: 6 June 2019

The Government of Canada has launched the Harm Reduction Fund which is administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Harm reduction is a pillar of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy and is integral to Canada’s effort to reduce the impact of HIV and hepatitis C on the health of Canadians.

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The Harm Reduction Fund prioritizes front-line, community-based projects that aim to reduce HIV and hepatitis C infections among individuals who share drug-use equipment. Funding of approximately two years is intended to focus on communities where there is evidence of high rates of substance use, HIV and hepatitis C related to the sharing of injection and inhalation drug-use equipment.


  • strengthen the knowledge of factors associated with increased vulnerability to HIV and hepatitis C among people who share drug-use equipment;
  • strengthen the skills, competencies, and abilities of people who use substances and share drug-use equipment to prevent HIV and hepatitis C infections;
  • reduce stigma and discrimination toward mental health, substance use, and people who share drug-use equipment; and,
  • reduce risk-taking behaviour among people who use substances and share drug-use equipment (injection and inhalation equipment).

Funding Information

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Organizations can apply for a maximum of two years of funding. Projects will be funded for a maximum of $125,000 per year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The following Canadian groups and institutions are eligible to receive project funding:
    • not-for-profit, registered as incorporated, voluntary organizations or corporations; or
    • not-for-profit unincorporated organizations, societies or coalitions; or
    • provincial and territorial health providers including Regional Health Authorities and local Public Health Services;
    • post-secondary institutions seeking to undertake community-based programming, but not research.

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Eligible Country: Canada

For more information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/funding-opportunities/harm-reduction-fund.html

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