Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding of Projects in Atlantic Canada to Help Canadians With Diabetes

L'ANSE-AU-LOUP, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - Funding for six organizations in Atlantic Canada under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy was announced today by Minister Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, on behalf of Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.

"The important work being undertaken through these projects will improve the lives of those with diabetes," said Minister Penashue. "Diabetes is a serious public health issue that is affecting an increasing number of Canadians and the projects being funded under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy will help to make a positive impact in our communities and across Canada."

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada and affects approximately two million Canadians. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in Canada. It can often be prevented or delayed with regular physical activity, healthy eating and by maintaining a healthy weight. If not managed properly, diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease and stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, nervous system damage, and amputation.

Today's announcement is part of the funding for diabetes projects across Canada announced by Minister Aglukkaq on November 1, 2011. Current projects funded under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the health of Canadians. For more information on diabetes or healthy living, please visit A Fact Sheet with more information on the funded projects is attached.

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  • Approximately two million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many more are unaware they have the disease and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to continue to rise.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to closely working with partners across the country to prevent and control diabetes. The projects announced today are part of this commitment.

  • Under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Government of Canada is investing over $6 million in 7 national and 30 regional projects. These projects address screening, early detection and management of diabetes, as well as the prevention of secondary complications from the disease, including hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.

  • Six projects are taking place in the Atlantic region.

Atlantic-based projects

Bridging the Divide: Improving Psychosocial Management of Atlantic Canadians with Diabetes (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Behaviour Change Institute, is receiving $64,365 over 18 months to develop toolkits on diabetes self-management for healthcare and mental healthcare providers which incorporate information on psychosocial and mental health issues with traditional information on lifestyle changes such as weight control and physical activity.

Partners include the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and the Primary Care Groups of the District Health Authorities of Nova Scotia and Central Region of Newfoundland.

Bridging the Gaps: A Collaborative Approach to Diabetes in Atlantic Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The Canadian Diabetes Association – Atlantic Area is receiving $80,000 over one year to facilitate links among diabetes healthcare professionals, government representatives, diabetes related health charities, at-risk populations and people living with diabetes throughout the Atlantic Provinces. The goal is to identify areas to collaboratively address the complex issues surrounding diabetes. An Atlantic Diabetes Advisory Committee will be created.

Partners include the Annapolis Valley Health, the PEI Provincial Diabetes Program, Horizon NB, Stella Burry Community Services, the New Brunswick Pharmacy Association and the Health Association of African Canadians.

Feet First: Know What You Need. A Self-Management Approach to Diabetic Foot Care (Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador)

The Central Regional Health Authority (CRHA), Newfoundland and Labrador, is receiving $100,000 over two years to help increase awareness of the importance of foot care among people living with diabetes and to increase the number of people with diabetes accessing foot care resources and education. The CRHA will have the capacity to implement and sustain a foot care management program for people with diabetes in their region.

Partners include the Canadian Diabetes Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia, the Central Regional Wellness Coalition, the Community Advisory Committee of Twillingate/New World Island and seniors clubs in the region.

Improving the Care of Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) and Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA): The Newfoundland and Labrador dka Project (NLdkaP) (St. John's, Newfoundland)

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) is receiving $124,695 over 19 months to work in conjunction with the four Newfoundland and Labrador regional health authorities and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information to disseminate current clinical recommendations and related educational resources on the early detection and treatment of DKA to health care-professionals who provide care to children with type 1 diabetes.

This project will engage families of children/teens with type 1 diabetes to identify barriers to self and family-management of the disease. MUN will develop tools and educational supports that will address the barriers identified, particularly as they relate to issues of living in rural and remote areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Project partners include the Canadian Diabetes Association and its children's camp, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Newfoundland and Labrador Chapters) and Glenn's Helping Hands Foundation.

Diabetes Screening, Detection and Self-Management – Tools & Approaches (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The North End Community Health Association (NECHA) is receiving $120,000 over two years to develop diabetes screening, detection, and self-management tools which will be pilot tested among NECHA clients with, or at risk of developing, diabetes. These tools will focus on the prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcers and wounds, cardiovascular disease risk factors and mental health/illness within these populations, with an emphasis on facilitating behaviour change.

Project partners include the Capital District Health Authority, the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia, Phoenix, Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services, the Halifax Refugee Clinic, Stepping Stone, St. Leonard's Society, and the Mulgrave Park Parent Resource Centre.

How Healthy Are You? (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)

South West Nova District Health Authority is receiving $70,000 over two years to enhance its ability to identify and support individuals at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental illness in making healthy lifestyle choices and to ensure those with diabetes are receiving regular foot assessments and education.

Project partners include the Nova Scotia Community College and Dalhousie School of Nursing, the Weymouth Medical Centre and Bear River and Area Community Health.

About the Canadian Diabetes Strategy

The Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS) receives ongoing annual funding of $18M through the Integrated Strategy for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease.

  • The Federal Government and its partners address diabetes and related complications through the CDS, which focuses on the prevention, early detection and self-management of all types of diabetes.

  • The CDS has raised general awareness of diabetes and its risk factors, and created the first integrated national diabetes surveillance system.

  • Through community-based programming, projects are developed to enhance prevention initiatives in high-risk populations, to increase awareness of risk factors, and to help people living with diabetes avoid serious complications.

Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Media Relations
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    (613) 941-8189