The Public Health Agency of Canada (Agency) 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 - communities, academia, the charitable and not-for-profit sector and the private sector - are required to address complex social issues such as childhood obesity and the prevention of chronic diseases. Complex public health challenges defy single solution approaches developed in isolation. By engaging multiple sectors of society, partners can leverage knowledge, expertise, reach and resources, allowing each to do what it does best, in working towards the common shared goal of producing better health outcomes for Canadians.
The Agency 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 demonstrable results (see Section 3). This strategic investment approach represents a new way of working through innovative partnerships, in collaboration with the private sector in particular, as emphasized in Federal Budget 2012 – Economic Action Plan 2012: Our plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.
The application process under this invitation consists of two stages. The first stage is the submission of an LOI, which will outline your project concept. Based on the outcomes of a peer review process, applicants whose LOIs are successful will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding consideration. Under this invitation there is no deadline for this LOI process, LOIs will be accepted on a continual basis. Please see Section 4.1 for more information on the Application Process.
Chronic disease is one of the leading causes of death and reduced quality of life in Canada today and several risk factors that lead to these prevalent chronic diseases are becoming more common. The majority of all deaths in Canada are caused by four major chronic diseases - cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases - which result in significant personal, fiscal and productivity loss. However, a large number of risk factors (i.e. unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, 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/or Health Promotion/Healthy Living (except Québec) 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 Québec) 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, F/P/T Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (except Québec) also endorsed the Declaration and 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 prevention is the foundation of the work to combat chronic disease. Four common risk factors were highlighted as contributors to chronic disease, namely unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol.
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). Funded projects will support the Agency's contribution to the Framework and Declaration (see Section 1.2) and specific strategies (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and tobacco), by focusing efforts on innovative, integrated approaches that promote healthy living, prevent chronic disease and address common risk factors. Projects to be funded under each of these funding authorities must include a focus on at least one of the priority areas outlined below.
All projects must include multi-sectoral partnerships be able to demonstrate measureable results (see Section 3.3), be founded in evidence and have the potential to be expanded (scaled-up) into other areas of the country, other target populations, different settings, or to address other chronic diseases or risk factors. All projects must also meet the funding requirements outlined in Section 3 below. 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 (FNIHB) is responsible for programming on-reserve.
The Integrated Strategy on Healthy Living and Chronic Disease (ISHLCD) provides a framework for the federal government to promote the health of Canadians and reduce the impact of chronic disease in Canada. The funding programs under the ISHLCD include the Healthy Living Fund, the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Cancer Community-Based Funding Program, and the Cardiovascular Disease program.
Projects to be funded under the ISHLCD must include a focus on at least one of the following:
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 tobacco as a common risk factor for chronic diseases as reinforced in the 2011 United Nations Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases. The Agency's tobacco investments ensure alignment with broader chronic disease prevention priorities, such as the stakeholder-led National Lung Health Framework.
Projects to be funded under the FTCS must include a focus on at least one of the following:
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The application process consists of two stages. The first stage is the submission of an LOI, which will outline your project concept. We will acknowledge receipt of your submission and respond within 45 days. Based on the outcomes of a peer review process, applicants whose LOIs are successful will be invited to submit a full 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 full proposals. The LOI is a competitive process and all submissions are subject to peer review. Not all organizations that submit an LOI will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding. Organizations with LOIs deemed to best fit with the overall goals of the funding programs will be invited to submit full proposals. The development of a full proposal is the second stage of the application process.
Based on the outcomes of the peer review process, applicants whose LOIs are successful will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding consideration. Applicants will be required to complete and submit a full proposal that elaborates on the project described in their LOI. Additional information, guidelines and templates will be provided for completion of the full proposal submission. Full proposals will undergo another peer review process and, pending Ministerial approval and available budgets, successful applicants will be awarded funding.
The LOI submission consists of two parts as outlined below. LOIs must be no more than a total of 5 pages, which includes a 1-page cover letter and 4 pages for the LOI template – no appendices are permitted. The required format is: Word document, Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing with 1 inch margins.
Part 1 - Organizational Information
Applicants are to provide a 1-page cover letter describing their 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
Complete the Letter of Intent (maximum of 2500 words). The following areas must be included:
* The assessment criteria and eligibility requirements for the LOI are outlined under Section 5 and Section 6 respectively. 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 in Microsoft Word or as a PDF. 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 for document completeness and eligibility (Section 6) by the Agency and forwarded to members of a peer review committee. Peer review committee members will have expertise in the funding priorities. Applicants will be measured against the assessment criteria outlined below. The committee will select a combination of projects that are both individually strong and also collectively meet the overall desired goal of the programs.
The following assessment criteria will be used to review the LOIs received:
Evidence for the Project
Multi-sectoral Partnerships and Collaborations
Knowledge Transfer Activities
Performance Measurement and Evaluation
Eligible applicants include:
Eligible costs include such expenses 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 full proposal (stage two) in the application process.
No project expenses may be incurred prior to the acceptance of the Grant Agreement or Contribution Agreement by all parties.
The following activities and expenses are not eligible for funding:
The funding recipient must clearly identify the target population of the project and, if applicable, take the necessary measures to respect the spirit and intent of the Official Languages Act to communicate with the public in the official language (i.e. English or French) of their choice, as well as supporting the vitality and development of official language minority communities.
The Government of Canada is committed to:
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.
Official language minority communities include Francophones living outside the Province of Quebec and Anglophones within the Province of Quebec.
For additional information, visit the Official Languages Act website.
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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.
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Please note that the Agency will not reimburse an applicant for costs incurred in the preparation and/or submission of an LOI or a full proposal in response to this invitation.