Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding of Projects in British Columbia to Help Canadians with Diabetes

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for three organizations in British Columbia under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.

"The work being undertaken through these important projects will greatly improve the lives of those with diabetes in our province," said Minister Moore. "Projects funded under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy will have a positive impact on the lives of those who have or may develop this disease."

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.




  • 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.

  • Three projects are taking place in British Columbia.

British Columbia-based projects

For My Health! - Community Toolkit (Vancouver)

Impact Health Improvement Action Society of British Columbia (ImpactBC) is receiving $80,000 over twelve months to adapt a community-based prevention and education initiative that promotes the early detection of diabetes and heart disease, and addresses related mental health issues in communities throughout British Columbia. A toolkit developed through this project will enable health professionals and local volunteers in rural communities to offer the "For My Health!" program.

"For My Health!" is an educational, diabetes risk-factor screening workplace initiative designed to assist workers in making healthy lifestyle changes, and focuses equally on mental and physical health risk-factors. It targets a wide range of at-risk populations, including those at risk for developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health related conditions.

The Punjabi Diabetes Self-Management Program (Delta)

The University of Victoria, Centre on Aging, is receiving $109,760 over 24 months to partner with the Surrey-Delta Indo Canadian Seniors Society, Sher-E-Punjab Radio, and the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society of British Columbia, to develop and implement a Punjabi version of the Diabetes Self Management Program. These project partners are an integral part of the Indo-Canadian community and will assist in marketing the program as well as offering space for the workshops. This project will enable the South Asian population in the Fraser Health Authority to more effectively manage their diabetes and make informed health care decisions.

Working Together for a Community Based Diabetes Prevention Program Within Vancouver Coastal Health (Vancouver)

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will receive $140,575 over 24 months to explore the feasibility and cultural acceptability of various diabetes risk assessment tools for use in the Chinese and Punjabi communities, through consultation with healthcare professionals and community members. This information and feedback will be used to develop and implement a culturally appropriate pre-diabetes prevention program for individuals at-risk in the Chinese and Punjabi population.

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.

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Contact Information

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

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    Public Health Agency of Canada
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