The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to advance innovative, multi-sectoral approaches to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease. Multi-sectoral approaches involving all segments of society are required to address complex social issues such as childhood obesity and the prevention of chronic diseases. PHAC's Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease approach advances innovative solutions to public health challenges by providing the co-investment needed to test and/or scale-up the most promising primary prevention interventions.
PHAC is currently advancing a variety of partnership arrangements and funding models to promote a more effective use of its grants and contributions investments, focused on achieving measurable results. It is recognized that through active engagement and partnerships with the private sector, not-for-profit sector, organizations within and outside the health sector, and other levels of government, progress can be made to support and sustain behaviour change that will positively impact health. Early successes are showing that innovation and greater impact can be achieved by acting on shared priorities with all sectors of society. This heightened form of collaboration leads to benefits that are of shared value to society as a whole.
Using a population health approach, including multi-sectoral action and social innovation, can have a positive impact on health equity by improving health for all. This also addresses important contextual factors like the social determinants of health and other determinants of behaviour that, if ignored, can increase health inequalities. Overall, the program aims to improve the health of the entire population while reducing health inequalities among population groups, where necessary.
The world has changed profoundly over the past few decades, and as a result, Canada faces a range of increasingly complex health challenges. Chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are some of the leading causes of death and reduced quality of life. Several risk factors that lead to these chronic diseases are becoming more common. These risk factors (i.e, physical inactivity and/or sedentary behaviour, unhealthy eating, smoking and harmful use of alcohol) can be mitigated and chronic disease prevented, or its onset delayed.
In 2010, the federal government along with Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health and of Health Promotion/Healthy Living (except Quebec) endorsed the Declaration on Prevention and Promotion (Declaration), presenting their vision for working together, and with others, to make the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, disability and injury a priority for action. That same year, Ministers (except Quebec) endorsed Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights (Framework) as the first tangible action arising from the Declaration, making childhood obesity and healthy weights a priority. In 2011, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (except Quebec) also endorsed the Declaration and the Framework.
In the fall of 2011, Canada signed the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases. At the United Nations High-level Meeting it was emphasized that the prevention and mitigation of the four common risk factors is fundamental in combatting chronic disease. Projects funded under this invitation will support PHAC's contribution to the Framework and Declarations by focusing on innovative, integrated approaches to promote healthy living, prevent chronic disease and address the common risk factors.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian's health and wellbeing and as such physical activity and nutrition are a shared responsibility at the federal level.
Health Canada develops and implements evidence-based policy that defines healthy eating and promotes environments that support Canadians in making healthy food choices by working collaboratively with federal partners, provinces and territories and a range of other stakeholders. Healthy eating is fundamental to good health and is a key element in healthy human development, from the prenatal and early childhood years to later life stages. It is also equally important in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases.
Through Sport Canada, the Government of Canada encourages sport participation and physical activity through strategic investments in Canada's sport system. As the single largest investor in Canada's amateur sport system, Sport Canada develops programs and policies to help the sport system meet the needs of Canadians.
PHAC also works with all sectors of society to identify multi-sectoral approaches in physical activity that help all Canadians, particularly children and youth, to maintain safe and healthy playing habits. Participants who are trained, well-equipped, and are knowledgeable about safe playing practices participate with confidence, are less prone to injury and enjoy the life-long benefits of safe and healthy participation in physical activity.
This invitation to submit an LOI falls under the policy and funding authorities of the Integrated Strategy on Healthy Living and Chronic Disease (ISHLCD), and the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) and must include a focus on at least one of the priority areas outlined in Sections 2.1 and 2.2.
All projects must include multi-sectoral partnerships, be able to demonstrate measurable results, be founded in evidence and have the potential to be expanded and/or scaled-up into other parts of Canada, other target populations, different settings, or to address other chronic diseases or risk factors. Effective prevention interventions are enhanced through multi-sectoral responses, involving shared leadership between players such as non-governmental organizations, academia, workplaces, industry, and communities, among others. Each project must engage and have partners from both the private and not-for-profit sectors. All projects must also meet the funding requirements outlined in Section 3. Projects targeting First Nations populations can only be funded if they are delivered in off-reserve settings. This includes First Nations people living off-reserve, and Métis people and Inuit people living outside of their traditional communities. Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch is responsible for programming on-reserve.
The Integrated Strategy on Healthy Living and Chronic Disease (ISHLCD provides a policy framework for the federal government to promote the health of Canadians and reduce the impact of chronic disease in Canada. Funding for the Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease approach is provided through the Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Funding Program under this framework.
Projects to be funded must include a focus on the following priority areas:
A primary prevention intervention goes beyond building awareness. A primary prevention intervention is defined as coordinated sets of activities to enable and change behaviour in ways that will reduce the common risk factors for chronic disease (i.e., physical inactivity and/or sedentary behaviour, unhealthy eating and smoking) and positively impact health. Interventions must be targeted at a specific population and/or setting and define outcomes in a way that is measurable.
Secondary prevention interventions, which focus on early detection and management of a disease, will not be considered.
As part of the Government of Canada's five-year renewal of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) through Budget 2012, interventions under this program stream will target smoking as a common risk factor for chronic diseases as reinforced in the 2011 United Nations Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases.
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The application process consists of two stages. The first stage is the submission of an LOI, which will outline the project concept. We will acknowledge receipt of your submission and respond within 45 days. Based on the outcomes of a comprehensive review process, applicants whose LOIs are successful will be invited to the second stage to submit a proposal for funding consideration. Applicants with ineligible, incomplete and unsuccessful submissions will also be notified.
The purpose of the LOI is to identify projects that have the potential for submission of a proposal. The LOI is a competitive process and all submissions are subject to screening and review. LOIs will be screened to ensure eligibility and completeness. Not all organizations that submit an LOI will be invited to submit a proposal for funding. Organizations with LOIs deemed to best fit with the overall goals of the solicitation priorities will be invited to submit proposals.
Based on the outcomes of the review process, applicants whose LOIs are successful will be invited to submit a proposal for funding consideration. Applicants will be required to complete and submit a proposal that elaborates on the project described in their LOI. Additional information, guidelines and templates will be provided for completion of the proposal submission. Proposals will undergo another comprehensive review process and, pending review outcomes, approval and available budgets, successful applicants will be awarded funding.
The LOI submission includes a cover letter and the completion of the LOI template, as outlined below. The maximum length for an LOI is 10-12 pages, single-spaced, in size 12 fonts. The required format is Microsoft Word.
Part 1 - Organizational Information
Applicants are to provide a one page cover letter describing the organization. The letter must be signed by the President/Chair of the Board of Directors or equivalent of the applicant/sponsoring organization. This letter must include the following information:
Part 2 - Project Information
The following areas are included in the LOI template:
The assessment criteria and eligibility requirements for the LOI are outlined in Section 5 and Section 6. The LOI must provide sufficient information regarding each assessment criterion so that a clear overview of all aspects of the proposed project is provided.
There is no deadline for this LOI process. Under this invitation, LOIs will be accepted on a continual basis; however, funding will be subject to budgetary and project considerations.
All LOIs must be submitted via email to PSD-DPS@phac-aspc.gc.ca. Applications will be acknowledged by email. Please ensure your email address is included in your LOI application so that we may contact you.
Submitted LOIs will be screened to ensure eligibility and completeness (Section 6) by PHAC, and will undergo a comprehensive review process based on the assessment criteria outlined below. The overall review and assessment process will also include the selection of projects that are both individually strong and collectively meet the overall goals of the solicitation priorities.
The following assessment criteria will be used to review LOIs:
Applicant has the capacity to undertake the proposed project, including the required infrastructure, organizational and financial capacity.
Description of the Intervention
Evidence to Support the Intervention
Evaluation of the Intervention
Multi-sectoral Partnerships and Collaborations
Eligible applicants include:
Eligible costs include expenses such as personnel, travel and accommodations, materials, equipment, rent and utilities, evaluation/dissemination, or "other" costs related to the approved project. A detailed budget will be required as part of the proposal (stage two) in the application process. Any expenses for travel or accommodation must be supported by a strong rationale.
No expenses for approved projects may be incurred prior to the acceptance of the Contribution Agreement by all parties.
The following activities and expenses are not eligible for funding:
The federal government is committed to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada (Francophones living outside the province of Quebec and Anglophones living in the province of Quebec), supporting and assisting their development, and fostering the full recognition and use of both official languages in Canadian society. As such, all project materials (e.g., resources, reports, announcements, etc.) for public distribution must be produced in both official languages and project activities must be carried out in the target population's official language of choice.
For additional information, refer to the Official Languages Act website.
The Government of Canada is committed to conducting Gender-based Analysis (now called Gender-based Analysis Plus "GBA+") on all legislation, policies and programs. GBA+ incorporates consideration of gender as well as other identity factors such as age, education, language, geography, culture and income. Applicants are expected to incorporate these considerations into a proposal, if successful.
For additional information refer to the GBA+ website.
Recent amendments to the Lobbying Act have broadened the definition of lobbying. We encourage applicants to review the revised Act and Regulations to ensure compliance. For more information, refer to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada website.
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To obtain additional information about this invitation to submit an LOI, or to receive a copy of the LOI template please contact:
The Public Health Agency of Canada is under no obligation to enter into a funding agreement as a result of this invitation to submit an LOI.
PHAC ALSO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO:
cancel and/or re-issue this invitation to submit a LOI at any time.
Please note that PHAC will not reimburse an applicant for costs incurred in the preparation and/or submission of an LOI or a proposal in response to this invitation.