Invitation to CAF and HRF Engagement Session with African, Caribbean, Black and other Racialized Communities

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is preparing for the planned launch, in October 2020, of open solicitations for the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) and the Harm Reduction Fund (HRF).  Through the CAF and the HRF, organisations can apply for federal grants and contributions that support time-limited community-based projects across Canada to reduce HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI).

To inform PHAC’s approach to these solicitations, PHAC held a series of virtual discussions in June and July 2020 with people with lived experience, and representatives from Indigenous and STBBI-focussed organizations. PHAC heard clearly how stigma and discrimination, in particular racism towards racialized communities in Canada continues to affect their ability to access STBBI prevention, treatment, care and support, and harm reduction services, and can create challenges to the delivery of programs and services.

The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the significant and unique challenges faced by racialized communities in Canada.  As such, PHAC is inviting representatives from STBBI organizations that serve African, Caribbean, Black and other racialized communities, as well as members from these communities themselves, to a virtual discussion.  We recognize the important role that organizations serving these communities play in developing and delivering culturally-safe STBBI services and resources, sexual health education, and conducting capacity building activities across the country. We want to hear your perspectives on these issues, to ensure that our priorities and processes for community-based STBBI funding are inclusive and non-discriminatory, and adequately reflect the realities faced by African, Caribbean, Black and other racialized community members.



If you are interested in participating, we kindly ask that you pre-register using the corresponding link for one of the following sessions. Please note that this session is intended for organizations that serve African, Caribbean, Black and other racialized communities, as well as members from these communities.

The session will be held using the Zoom Platform and will include a dial-in by phone option.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]


French virtual engagement September 17, 11 AM – 1 PM Pacific time
English virtual engagement September 18, 10 AM – noon Pacific time


Session materials

You may access the agenda with a set of questions we hope to discuss with you, and materials relating to the proposed fall CAF and HRF solicitation process at the following link:


We look forward to meeting with you virtually.