Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 10, 2011 14:00 ET

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

WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister Jim Flaherty today announced funding for nine Ontario organizations under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.

"Many of us have a friend, colleague or family member who has been touched by this disease," said Minister Flaherty. "By working together with key organizations, the Government of Canada can help protect the health of Canadians who have or who 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.

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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.

  • Nine projects are taking place in Ontario.

Ontario-based projects

The Diabetes Exercise Education Program and Electronic Behaviour Monitoring (Toronto)

The Black Creek Community Health Centre is receiving $175,981 over 2 years to work with graduate students from York University and Humber College to develop and implement a diabetes self-management program for people living with diabetes in the ethnically diverse community of Jane-Finch in Toronto.

This project will design and implement an exercise program for people with diabetes and train patients to use a cell phone-based system that helps them manage their diabetes.

Enhancing Self-Management Skills for Persons with Serious Mental Illness and Diabetes: Developing a Wellness-Promoting Intervention for Residents in Community Housing (Toronto)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is receiving $200,000 over 2 years to implement a lifestyle intervention program that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for individuals with serious mental illness residing in community housing facilities. This group-based program will emphasize the residents' roles as active partners in managing their health and well-being, rather than being passive recipients of care. Core components of the program include health literacy, skills building and development of strategies for healthy eating and active living with a focus on controlling urges to overeat.

CAMH will partner with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Homes for Special Care.

Healthy Living Program (Oshawa)

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Branch, is receiving $190,274 over two years to plan, implement and evaluate a pilot educational program for the prevention and management of diabetes for people with mental illness who live in Durham Region and other areas of central east Ontario. Participants in this project will undergo an eight-week health promotion and healthy lifestyles program that will teach them how to manage risks for diabetes and provide an exercise program delivered by a physical activity specialist. The Durham Community Care Association will be providing volunteers and space for the program at seven of their locations.

Healthy Coaching in Primary Care: A Feasibility Model (Ottawa)

The Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute is receiving $96,884 over two years to develop an innovative diabetes management program using one-on-one health coaching and to implement it in a primary care clinic. This "health coaching model" is recognized by the World Health Organization as a promising way to support people with diabetes manage their disease.

Partners include the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Family Health Teams, and the University of Ottawa.

Stratégie communautaire de prévention du diabète de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame (Hearst)

Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital (Hearst) is receiving $178,950 over two years to provide the Nord-Aski Family Health Team with equipment for a mobile unit that will circulate in the community to screen for diabetes and pre-diabetes and assess the health status of the general population. Special attention will be paid to individuals between 40 and 70 years old, particularly those who are considered high-risk. People identified has having diabetes or pre-diabetes will be referred to the Nord-Aski Diabetes Education Centre where staff will be trained to look for evidence of foot complications and to provide education and self-management strategies to those at risk for developing this serious complication.

Rural Adults: Reducing Their Risk of Diabetes (Stratford)

The STAR Family Health Team is receiving $172,089 over two years to educate health care providers on pre-diabetes and screening. Posters will be distributed in community settings to provide information on diabetes risk factors and complications and to provide information about upcoming diabetes screening opportunities. The screening will be done with the assistance of the Perth District Health Unit.

This project aims to increase the adoption of healthier lifestyles in the rural community of Perth County, thereby reducing rates of diabetes and its complications.

Centre Wellington Community Gestational Diabetes Care Plan (Fergus)

Groves Memorial Community Hospital is receiving $193,800 over two years to develop a surveillance system in partnership with the Upper Grand Family Health Team to identify and track patients with gestational diabetes using the Family Health Team electronic medical records. Once identified, these individuals will be provided with ongoing education for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

This project will develop a community care plan to improve the rate of screening for gestational diabetes and to provide patients with follow-up education and support.

An Integrated Community System for New Canadians with or at risk for Diabetes (Toronto)

St. James Town Family Literacy Services is receiving $104,900 over two years to identify culturally appropriate diabetes related services to be part of the community information directory. This project will establish a pool of multicultural community assistants who will provide information and support to residents of the culturally-diverse St. James Town neighbourhood.

Project partners include Toronto Public Health, the Sherbourne Health Centre and Rose Avenue Junior Public School.

Post-Gestational Diabetes: A Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Initiative with Asian and South Asian Women (Toronto)

South Riverdale Community Health Centre is receiving $169,675 over two years to work with partners such as the Toronto East General Hospital's gestational diabetes clinic to develop screening strategies for gestational diabetes in a community setting. They will also work with women from the South Asian community, East York Family Services, Newcomer Women's Services and health professionals to develop culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate resource tools which will be used to educate women with gestational diabetes on how to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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