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Call for Proposals--Regional Strategic Investment Projects, Federal Tobacco Control Strategy Contribution Funding

1.0    The Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS)

Introduction

The FTCS was introduced in 2001 as a ten-year comprehensive, integrated and sustained strategy to achieve significant, realistic reductions in disease and death due to tobacco use.

The overall goal of the FTCS for the next four years is to reduce smoking prevalence from 19% (2005) to 12% by 2011.

In order to achieve this goal, the Tobacco Control programme (TCP) will work with provincial and territorial governments and key stakeholders to

  • Reduce the prevalence of smoking among youth (ages 15-17) from 15% to 9%.
  • Increase the number of smokers who quit by 1.5 million.
  • Reduce the number of Canadians exposed daily to second-hand smoke from 28% to 20%.             
  • Examine the next generation of tobacco control policy in Canada.
  • Implement the World Health Organization International Framework on Tobacco Control.
  • Maintain capacity to monitor and assess contraband activities, and enhance compliance.
  • Strengthen infrastructure for tobacco control programme.

2.0  Contribution Funding Program

The Ontario Region Tobacco Control Programme, Health Canada, is pleased to announce the availability of contribution funding through the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy.
 
Progress in Canada in the area of tobacco control has been significant.  Progress in Canada in reducing death and disease associated with tobacco use has been significant. Actions in tobacco control programming, policy and public education have resulted in a widespread public understanding of the dangers of tobacco use. Therefore, the primary focus of Contribution funding over the next 4 years will be on those activities that result in measurable behavioural change e.g. More smokers successfully quitting; fewer Canadians exposed to second-hand smoke; and fewer youth taking up smoking.

3.0  Funding Priorities for 2007-2008

Regional Funding Priorities

(i) Focus on Cessation

Given the FTCS objective over the next four years to reduce the number of Canadians who use tobacco products by 1.5 million, investments in cessation-related projects are a key priority for contribution funding. There are more than 5 million smokers in Canada, and many have difficulty quitting. However, research has consistently demonstrated that effective treatments do exist to help smokers to achieve long-term cessation. Proposals will be considered that propose innovative new partnerships and approaches to helping smokers to quit. Of particular interest will be those proposals whose outcomes stand to benefit smokers living in all parts of the province.

(ii) Prevention

While Provincial and Territorial governments have primary responsibility for school-based prevention programming, prevention activities that are supported by relevant Provincial or Territorial governments will be considered. Project objectives must focus on measurable behaviour change e.g. fewer youth taking up smoking.

(iii) Focus on Knowledge Transfer  

There is an opportunity to contribute to and enrich the field of tobacco control through supporting the exchange, transfer and uptake of knowledge and evidence-based standards related to innovative and effective approaches to tobacco control programming. Proposals that relate to knowledge exchange and transfer at the regional level will also be considered.  Examples of potential knowledge transfer activities include: regional conferences; train-the-trainer workshops, education mail-outs to regional physician offices, dental offices, health clinics etc.    

(iv) Other Projects

Other proposals seeking to test creative and innovative approaches to tobacco control will also be considered.

4.0  Eligibility for Funding Consideration

The following groups of recipients are eligible for contribution funding consideration:

  • registered not-for-profit non-governmental organizations including but not limited to hospitals, regional health councils, community organizations, professional associations (including health and labour groups and unions);
  • universities and other centres of education in Canada;
  • crown corporations for project specific funding (as per section 7.2.2 of the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments); and
  • other non-federal organizations whose work supports FTCS objectives;
  • other levels of government including provinces, territories and municipalities.

Eligible Expenses

Only expenses directly related to approved projects and activities are eligible. These may include, but are not limited to

  • personnel (e.g. project staff salaries, employee benefits, contractor fees, replacement salaries);
  • travel and accommodation up to a maximum allowed by Treasury Board Guidelines;
  • rent and utilities (e.g. telephone, electricity, heating and office space rental);
  • materials and supplies;
  • costs of services or equipment rental (e.g. photocopying, printing, postage and rental or purchase of office equipment);
  • process evaluation and dissemination of results, outputs and outcomes;
  • other expenses directly related to the project that do not fit previously defined categories (e.g. bank fees, audit expenses, bookkeeping expenses, insurance, translation, training).

Ineligible Expenses

  • Pure research/Scientific research;
  • Purchase of buildings and vehicles, renovations or other capital expenditures;
  • Capital costs or ongoing (core) operating expenses not associated with this project.

Project Funding and Duration

All proposals received under the current Call for Proposals will be assessed against total budget allocations for Contribution funding programs in any given fiscal year.  The level of funding awarded to a recipient will also be based on the assessment of appropriateness of budget, planned activities and timelines for the project.

Proposals for funding up to 24 months will be considered for funding (the 24-month period will begin from the date of Ministerial approval).

5.0  Proposal Requirements

Proposals must be developed following The Government of Canada's, Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS), Tobacco Control Programme, Applicant Guide to Contribution Funding and Application Form, available at http://www.gosmokefree.ca.

6.0 Evaluation

Outcome/Impact Evaluation

The majority of funded projects will be evaluated for project outcomes and impacts, by an outside third party evaluator with recognized expertise and experience in the field of program evaluation. The decision regarding which projects will participate in third party evaluation will be made by Health Canada. If selected for third party evaluation, all project sponsors must participate as a condition of funding approval.

TCP will be responsible for funding all costs associated with the third-party administered outcome/impact project evaluation.  TCP evaluation staff will work with the sponsors of selected projects to facilitate participation in the evaluation.

Formative/Process Evaluation

A formative/process evaluation is required of all approved projects as a condition of funding, regardless of whether or not a project is selected for inclusion in the outcome/impact evaluation. The process evaluation will focus on collecting data with respect to the rollout of the program, including but not limited to, financial data, information on the nature and number of outputs and participation in the project.

Recipients are expected to complete quarterly progress reports as part of the process evaluation. Health Canada will also hire a third party organization to review and analyze data gathered as part of the process evaluation conducted by the funding recipient on all funded projects.

Funding for the process evaluation (staff time for reporting and data collection) should be built into the project proposal and budget (on average 10% of overall budget).

Complete evaluation requirements will be discussed with successful applicants.

Please refer to The Government of Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS), Tobacco Control Programme, Applicant Guide to Contribution Funding for more information.

7.0  Application and Submission Details

The application process for regional project submissions will be conducted in the following manner:

All proposals must be submitted electronically to angela_mashford-pringle@hc-sc.gc.ca for Aboriginal or Southern Ontario areas and to henriette_dery@hc-sc.gc.ca for Francophone or East and Northern Ontario areas, using the application form available from Health Canada, by September 14th, 2007.  Proposals may be submitted in either official language (French or English).

If you have submitted electronically, please send an original signed copy of your proposal, including letters of support, by mail to

Tobacco Control Programme
Health Canada
2301 Midland Avenue
Toronto, ON  M1P 4R7

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants must provide all of the requested information as indicated on the application form. TCP will not review applications from ineligible applicants; those not adhering to the application form; or those that are received after the application deadline.

Please contact prior to submitting your proposal:

Francophone & East and Northern Ontario Areas
Henriette Dery, Program Consultant
Phone (819) 684-7667
Email: henriette_dery@hc-sc.gc.ca

Aboriginal & Southern Ontario Areas
Angela Mashford-Pringle, Program Consultant
Phone (905) 403-9201
Email: angela_mashford-pringle@hc-sc.gc.ca