Request for Proposals: Addressing Racism and Discrimination in Canada’s Health Systems Program

Organization name: 
Health Canada
Deadline date: 
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 5:00pm
Fixed date
RFP status: 

Request for Proposals

Addressing Racism and Discrimination in Canada’s Health Systems Program – 2022 Call for proposals

The 2022 Call for Proposals is accepting applications that address systemic anti-Indigenous racism and/or discrimination in Canada's health systems and under the Project Stream only.

Priority Areas

Priority will be given to projects that that aim to:

  1. Develop and implement cultural safety and humility training, curriculum, and/or accreditation requirements for health services providers (Health Human Resources), including administrators; and,
  2. Integrate culturally-safe care in acute care settings and traditional approaches to health.

Priority will be given to applications from Indigenous health system partners (organizations, associations, education/training institutions, etc.).

Eligible Recipients

The following are eligible to apply for funding through the Program:

  • Indigenous governments and organizations;
  • Health system service providers and associations;
  • Educational and academic institutions; and,
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations.

Non-Indigenous organizations are eligible to apply but are required to partner with an Indigenous community or organization and demonstrate the partnership throughout the entire project, including the development/design, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation phases of the project. Letters of support from project partners are required.

Eligible organizations must also demonstrate a commitment to addressing systemic racism and/or discrimination; that considers diversity and inclusion in their recruitment and retention practices; and has the expertise needed to successfully carryout the project.

Eligible organizations may submit only one application for funding in this Call for Proposals.

Eligible activities

The following project activities are eligible for funding:

  • Support meaningful engagement with communities and/or organizations who serve Indigenous populations (e.g. roundtables with Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ community members to inform the scaling of a guideline/tool);
  • Develop, implement and test interventions and/or develop and mobilize knowledge products such as tools, standards, guidelines, training/learning materials, anti-racism and anti-discrimination resources, and other cultural safety, inclusion, and clinical competency products (e.g. develop cultural safety training/curriculum for nursing staff);
  • Foster knowledge mobilization to support equitable partnerships and networks (e.g. convene hospital administrators to inform national accreditation requirements for cultural safety in acute care settings); and,
  • Design and implement data collection and analysis (e.g. performance measurement activities, such as training participant surveys).

Eligible expenses

Funding must be used only for expenditures that are directly related to the activities identified in the funding agreement with Health Canada.

Eligible expenditures may include:

  • Personnel salaries and benefits;
  • Contractual personnel fees;
  • Travel and accommodation within Canada, which must not exceed the rates permitted for travel on government business;
  • Materials and supplies;
  • Equipment (Equipment expenditures in excess of $500,000 per project will be subject to prior written approval from Health Canada);
  • Rent and utilities; and,
  • Honoraria.

Funding details

The total funding available is $13M.

The total requested funding for each project must be between a minimum of $100,000 and up to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Further distribution of funding: Recipients may further distribute to entities to conduct approved activities. Recipients will have full independence and responsibility in the selection of these entities. The recipient remains responsible for all funding, activities, and reporting.

Limits of government assistance: Total government assistance cannot exceed 100% of total eligible project-related expenses. Total government assistance includes all levels of government funding: federal, provincial and municipal.


Projects can be of varied duration. Projects should aim to begin no earlier than April 1, 2022 and may only begin upon formal notification by Health Canada. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.

Note: The fiscal year for the Government of Canada runs from April 1 of one year until March 31 of the following year.

Assessment criteria

Health Canada will use due diligence to assess the proposals for funding. The assessment of each application will examine, at minimum:

  • Alignment with the Program's objectives and expected results, as well as with the priority areas outlined above;
  • Applicant and partner capacity to undertake the project;
  • Responsiveness to, and anticipated impact on, addressing anti-Indigenous racism and/or discrimination in Canada's health systems;
  • Strength of the evidence-based rationale demonstrating the need for the project and approach;
  • Feasibility of the proposed work plan and budget;
  • Proposed use of resources (e.g. cost-efficiency, value for money);
  • Level of support, quality, and diversity of partners and collaborators, as well as inclusion of Indigenous Peoples with lived and living experience;
  • Comprehensiveness of SGBA+ considerations;
  • Meaningful participation of Indigenous Peoples with lived or living experience of racism and/or discrimination within the health systems in all phases of the project;
  • Achievability of project plans for implementing, delivery, evaluating and reporting on measurable results;
  • Whether the proposal:
    • was submitted by a priority applicant;
    • aligns with a priority funding area;
    • was submitted by an applicant that has experience in implementing solutions that address anti-Indigenous racism and/or discrimination in Canada's health systems;
  • Demonstrated innovation and potential to scale, expand and/or replicate outcomes;
  • Whether the proposal addresses a gap based on geography, population group, official language group, or any other gap as deemed a priority by Health Canada; and,
  • Quality, clarity and completeness of the proposal.

The following outlines how the various sections of the Application Form will be weighted:

  • Section 2: Organizational Capacity – 25%
  • Section 3: Proposal Details – 20%
  • Section 4: Partnerships and Collaborators – 25%
  • Section 5: Performance Measurement – 5%
  • Section 6: Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus – 5%
  • Section 7: Work Plan – 10%
  • Section 8: Budget and Narrative – 1

For the application package: