PHAC Survey: Global AIDS Monitoring Report

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is currently conducting a survey to solicit feedback from Canadian civil society organizations about the status of, and response to, HIV in Canada.

Your input is valuable. It will inform the development of Canada’s 2017 Global AIDS Monitoring Report to the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), as part of Canada’s commitments stemming from the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030.

The survey has 48 mostly close-ended questions and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

To access the survey, please use the following link:

Please complete the survey by Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 6pm Pacific Daylight-Savings Time (PDT).

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please feel free to contact Marc-André LeBlanc, the consultant PHAC has hired to coordinate the survey.

Posted in Research |

Bill C-37 on Safe Injection Sites Becomes Law

Bill C-37, which outlines the steps necessary to open a supervised injection site (SIS) in Canada, was passed into law yesterday. The process now requires 5 conditions be met in applying to open a SIS, rather than the 26 required under the former Bill (C-2) governing the injection site application process. This new Bill removes some of the many other roadblocks that were set up in Bill C-2, including the requirement of multiple support letters from police (among others) for any proposed injection site.

The Statement from the Ministers of Health and Public Safety on Royal Assent of Bill C-37  reads in part,

“The Government of Canada is committed to an approach to this crisis that is comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based. We are pursuing a public health approach.”

PAN applauds the new legislation and the commitment by the federal government to move towards making decisions based on the evidence. A shift to a public health approach (rather than the ongoing criminalization of people who use drugs) echoes one of the key recommendations articulated within PAN’s Canadian Drug Policy, Supervised Consumption Sites & Provincial Response to the Public Health Crisis of Overdose Deaths report (which documents the community consultations held at the October 2016 PAN Fall conference). As PAN and many of our member organizations maintain:

“Canada’s national drug policy needs to shift from being prohibitive to harm reduction-oriented, with a public health focus that prioritizes the safety and health needs of people who use drugs.”

The passage of this bill into law yesterday, follows on the heels of the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal (which wrapped up on May 17th). Many Canadian advocates who have worked tirelessly for policy reforms were in attendance, along with international attendees – discussing various approaches to harm reduction and to promoting the health, wellness and human rights of some of the most vulnerable in our societies.

As the overdose crisis continues to march on here in BC and across Canada, we need to continue to push for policy and practices that reduce unnecessary harm and save lives. Bill C-37 will make a difference to harm reduction provision in Canada, but much work remains to be done. We will keep our members and community updated as more information becomes available.


Learn More:

Statement from the Ministers of Health and Public Safety on Royal Assent of Bill C-37

Streamlined injection-site conditions become law

Bill to make it easier to create safe injection sites becomes law


Questions? Feedback?
 Get in touch!
Jennifer Evin Jones, Executive Director
[email protected]
Posted in News, Public Health and Policy |

AIDS Vancouver Seeks Grant Researcher and Writer

AIDS Vancouver LogoAIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada and in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic. AIDS Vancouver plays a special role in providing quality health care to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in the Lower Mainland. It is clearly more than just a community health care organization. It is an organization whose presence and continued strength is essential to the quality for life of this community and of each individual and family who draws on its services. Our Agency is a vital community asset which everyone affected by HIV/AIDS can share, and in which we all have a stake.

AIDS Vancouver is currently seeking a Grant Writer for a four to six-month contract beginning June 1, 2017. Special emphasis in this position will be placed on finding grants to support prevention programs and services that were previously funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Grant Writer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish relationships with foundations, conduct prospect research and maintain/report on a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.

This is a fast-paced position with high volume expectations over a relatively short period of time. After a four-month review, the Grant Writer position will be reassessed for possible extension, dependent upon his/her success.


Closing Date for applications: May 26, 2017 at 4:30pm


Complete job posting and information on how to apply.

Posted in Job Posting |

Pacific Hepatitis C Network Launches Help4Hep BC

Pacific Hepatitis C Network is thrilled to introduce our brand new hep C helpline – Help4HepBC!  Launched May 15, Help4Hep BC is a peer-to-peer helpline where peer navigators work with callers – people living with hep C, family, friends, health care providers, counsellors and other supports – to meet the challenges of hepatitis C head-on. Callers talk one-to-one with a real person (most often someone who’s had hepatitis C themselves) about the specifics of their particular situation. The phone call, support and information are all provided free of charge.

While currently a BC-specific service, the helpline can provide limited support to those living in the rest of Canada.

Please call Help4HepBC anytime at 1 888 411 7578.  If a peer navigator isn’t available to take your call, please leave us a message.   Your information is confidential. 

Visit our website at

Posted in Public Health and Policy, Resource |

Job Posting: National Coordinator of Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)

PAN is excited to announce a new job posting to take the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) to the next level of action for people living with HIV.  PAN works in partnership with the Ontario AIDS Network to deliver PLDI’s capacity building modules; this new coordinator will extend the program into Quebec. The full job description follows. Applications will be accepted until until end of day Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 5:00pm EDT (Note Eastern time; this makes the deadline 2 PM on June 2nd for those on the West Coast.)


Position: Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), National Coordinator

Location: Remote

Responsible to: PLDI Executive Committee (OAN, PAN, COCQ-SIDA Executive Directors)

The Positive Leadership Development Institute, PLDI is a three module leadership training program consisting of Core Leadership Training Who am I as a leader?, Bored? Get on Board! (Board governance training) and Communication Skills Training led by and for people living with HIV, was created in 2006. The purpose of this highly-valued series of three- and four-day training programs is to support people living with HIV/AIDS to realize their leadership potential and meaningful participation in community life.

In 2009 the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) partnered with the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) and the program strengthened even more and has gone beyond the borders of Ontario and now operates both in Australia and New Zealand. We are ecstatic to announce we are now partnering with la Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida ( COCQ-SIDA) in Quebec. This is a five-year project and we are looking for a highly skilled and self-motivated individual to support and orchestrate the expansion of the program in all three provinces.

The Positive Leadership Development Institute is filled with passionate, driven, hardworking leaders and this means: we work late, set high goals, exceed them, and then push hard the following year to beat and exceed last year’s goals of supporting the leadership development and empowerment of people who are HIV positive.

This position may require work on weekends and the ability to travel across the country. If you are looking for a predictable 9-5 work environment, this won’t be the right fit. If you are inspired and excited by collaboration, engagement, making new connections with the most incredible people, and your personal values align with our core values, we would love to hear from you!

Reporting to the Executive Committee, the National Coordinator develops, plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates communications, both digital and contemporary, to support the PLDI program.



  • Work in partnership with PAN, COCQ-SIDA and the OAN
  • Investigate and implements mechanisms that allow for the continual assessment and evaluation of PLDI activities in collaboration with PAN
  • Manage and support the various advisory committees associated with this national collaboration
  • Coordinate various meetings
  • Responsible for the development of National PLDI collaboration project plans, critical paths and budget management for all PLDI National Activities Complete all Standardized French and English materials for training workshops
  • Communicate consistently with program managers in each province



Please note that this position is for someone living with HIV.

  • Proficiency in French and English
  • Minimum of 2 years’ previous experience in Administrative or Project Coordination roles
  • 2+ years relevant work experience, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • Experience adhering to budgets and reconciling accounts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating projects from inception to completion
  • Experience managing a large volume of tasks, multitasking, prioritizing and meeting tight deadlines
  • Sound understanding and demonstrated commitment to the Greater Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS (GIPA Principle).
  • Experience evaluating community-based programs and interventions
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Good analytical, research and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


Characteristics/About you

  • Enthusiasm, positive sense of humor and commitment to community development
  • Ideally a graduate of all 3 of the Positive Leadership Development Institute’s training programs or be willing to enroll and attend the September workshop
  • HIV/AIDS experience/knowledge, including social, psychological, and clinical issues
    Anti-oppressive, anti-homophobia and anti-racist perspectives and understanding
  • Flexible working schedule, including some evenings and weekend travel, must be able to travel across the country
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Detail oriented with a solid work ethic, sound judgement and problem-solving abilities
    Highly responsible and resourceful
  • Be proactive in following up on details, anticipating issues, and timely follow up on all requests
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills
  • Ability to manage numerous and shifting priorities
  • Able to use diplomacy and tact when interacting with others
  • Understands the importance of discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with diverse stakeholders, including funders and allied organizations


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position along with a resume, in PDF format to Paul Lapierre, Executive Director, OAN at [email protected] Applications must be sent with the following email subject line “Positive Leadership Development Institute National Coordinator”.

Applications will be accepted until end of day Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 5:00pm EDT. (Note Eastern time; this makes the deadline 2 PM on June 2nd for those on the West Coast.)

The Positive Leadership Development Institute sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone or email inquiries please.

Please be advised that first round interviews will be taking place on June 13, 2017.

The Pan Canadian Positive Leadership Development Institute is committed to employment equity and to the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA/MIPA) in all that we do. We encourage applications from persons living with HIV/AIDS and culturally diverse backgrounds to join our team.


Posted in Job Posting |

New Resources on Drug Policy, Harm Reduction, and Public Health

The criminalization of drug use and the people who use drugs affects HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) rates and patterns in how HIV and HCV are transmitted. Healthcare access for people who use drugs can be complicated by the criminalization of drugs, and this impacts health outcomes those who are often vulnerable as a result of poverty, undiagnosed and /or under supported mental health challenges, and racism, among other social determinants. The relationship of criminalization and HIV is well documented by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; a recent resource turns to the relationship of criminal law and harm reduction.

In partnership with Harm Reduction International, the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has released a new briefing paper, Harm Reduction in Canada: What Governments Need to Do Now. It examines current drug policy and its deep impact on public health. It calls for action in six areas by all levels of government to protect the health and human rights of all Canadians. It demands that drug policy be guided by evidence and public health objectives.

It’s a good complement to a piece just published in The Lancet: HIV and the Criminalization of Drug Use Among People Who Inject Drugs: A systematic review. The review examined 106 studies. Of these 106 studies reviewed, 85 (80%) suggested that criminalization of drugs has a negative effect on HIV prevention and treatment.

If you’re interested in research on the intersections of drug policy, public health, and social determinants of health, visit the BC Centre on Substance Use site. The BC Centre on Substance Use works closely with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. The BCCSU’s mandate is “to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction.”


Learn More:

Harm Reduction in Canada: What Governments Need to Do Now
BC Centre on Substance Use
Drug Use and Overdose and Response



Questions? Feedback?
 Get in touch!
Janet Madsen, Capacity Building and Knowledge Translation Coordinator,
[email protected]
Posted in Community News, Public Health and Policy, Research |