List of Programs Relevant to the Anti-bias Sensitivity Training

Note: This table summarizes initiatives for which the primary purpose of their creation is to address specific diversity and inclusion deficits or provide significant support to vulnerable populations, as well as a non-exhaustive sample of broad-based initiatives that have incorporated GBA+ considerations to improve access and outcomes for diverse Canadians.





Project Selection Process

Target Population

Date Established

Community Resilience Fund (CRF)

$1.2M in 2016-17, $2.4M in 2017-18, $4.4M in 2018-19, and $7M ongoing thereafter

Supports partnerships and innovation in countering radicalization to violence in Canada; enhances research capacity and development of evidence-based models and practices, enhances cooperation with stakeholders and empowers local communities

Merit based; interdepartmental review; CRV Expert Committee advice on calls for proposals

Diverse communities involved in the prevention of violent extremism; includes a funding stream for youth-led projects


Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)

$4M annually until 2022 and $3M ongoing thereafter

Supports projects to help diverse communities at risk of being targeted by hate-motivated crime, by providing funding to enhance the security infrastructure of community gathering places

Merit based; departmental review with an Expert Review Committee providing advice

Diverse communities targeted by hate-motivated crime


First Nations Policing Program (FNPP)

$166.7M in 2020-21

Supports dedicated, culturally responsive policing services in First Nation and Inuit communities; 187 FNPP policing agreements currently; agreements are cost-shared between the federal government (52%) and PTs (48%)

Allotment and merit based on FPT recommendations

First Nation and Inuit communities


Funding for First Nation and Inuit Policing Facilities (FFNIPF)

$88.6M over seven years

Invests in policing infrastructure in First Nation and Inuit communities, including the repair, construction or acquisition of facilities to meet health and safety standards, which supports the delivery of better quality policing and community safety

Merit based on FPT recommendations

First Nation and Inuit  communities


Northern Aboriginal Crime Prevention Fund (NACPF)

$36M annual ongoing funding is allocated to the NACPF and CPAF

Supports the use of innovative and culturally sensitive crime prevention practices in Indigenous communities in the North

Merit based; departmental review with FPT feedback

Indigenous communities in the North


Aboriginal Community Safety Development Contribution Program - Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative (ICCI)

$10M over five years

Supports alternatives to incarceration and reintegration projects responsive to the unique circumstances of Indigenous people in Canada; contributes to reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in custody

Merit based; departmental review

Indigenous communities


Crime Prevention Action Fund (CPAF)

$36M annual ongoing funding is allocated to the CPAF and NACPF

Supports evidence-based crime prevention projects, particularly for at-risk children and youth from 6-24 years and chronic offenders

Merit based; departmental review with FPT feedback

At-risk children and youth  6-24 years and chronic offenders


Youth Gang Prevention Fund (YGPF)

$6.1M annual ongoing and an additional $2M until 2022-2023

Supports initiatives that prevent at-risk youth from joining or rejoining gangs and that provide exit strategies for current members

Merit based; departmental review with FPT feedback

At-risk youth


Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund (GGVAF)

$214M over five years

Federal funding allocated by PTs to support initiatives that combat gun and gang violence in communities, improve data collection and research, enhance law enforcement and prosecution capacity and training

Allotment based (departmental and PT review)

Communities at-risk of gun and gang violence


Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime (CPCSOC) – Stream A

$5.4M in 2020-21 to combat human trafficking, including HT hotline; $9.7M in 2020-21 to combat online child sexual exploitation

CPCSOC is supporting projects to improve services that are trauma-informed and culturally-relevant to the victims of human trafficking and online child sexual exploitation; to better inform policy makers and improve the evidence base around HT and CSE; to raise public awareness and reduce stigma of reporting; to enhance law enforcement capacity to address HT and CSE

Merit based; departmental review

Vulnerable groups including at-risk women and youth, Indigenous women and girls, LGBTQ2, migrant populations, individuals experiencing homelessness

2011 for the CPCSOC; HT and CSE top-ups via Budget 2019

Emergency Management Public Awareness Contribution Program (EM PACP)


Increases awareness and resilience of vulnerable groups to natural disasters

Merit based; departmental review

Indigenous communities, low-income Canadians, seniors, women, new Canadians


Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SARNIF)


Enhances the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and innovation of search and rescue activities:

  • two pillars of SAR are prevention and response
  • Indigenous communities in the North, Quebec and western Canada have been supported through culturally appropriate programming
  • Funding has supported the engagement of Indigenous people in hazard mapping using local knowledge and expertise
  • These partnerships have the potential to increase the number of Indigenous SAR volunteers, amplify prevention messages among Indigenous communities, and reduce risks in vulnerable communities

Merit-based; departmental review (includes guidance from a newly formed National Search and Rescue Advisory Council, inclusive of several Indigenous organizations)

Communities across Canada including Indigenous communities


Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC)

Up to $1M available with $500,000 as base funding, determined based on annual business plan from SARVAC

Contribution program with the SARVAC organization aims to coordinate, train and facilitate culturally-sensitive emergency services among the 12,000 Ground SAR volunteers across the country

  • PS also engages with Northern communities through SAR partners such as the Canadian Rangers in order to provide SAR capacity in remote communities, where cultural sensitivities and terrain are very different than in most Canadian urban areas

Submission and approval of annual SARVAC business plan

Communities across Canada including Indigenous communities


Adventure Smart

Funded via the SARNIF and SARVAC programs and funding envelope

Inform decision making, mitigate risk and change behavior so that Canadians engaging in outdoor recreation activities choose to become be better informed, trained and equipped

  • includes partnerships with organizations trusted by vulnerable populations to deliver culturally-sensitive prevention messaging
  • some projects have developed programming in various languages to inform newcomers to Canada; other have gone to remote and northern communities to train Adventure Smart trainers to deliver the programming in their communities

As above – see SARNIF and SARVAC process

Canadians engaged in outdoor recreation activities, including new Canadians and a variety of linguistic groups


Canadian Red Cross

$246.1M for ad-hoc programs in
2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 (including COVID response)

CRC is a recurring federal partner in emergency situations

  • funding supports CRC’s work with vulnerable populations that face significantly greater challenges during and after disasters
  • examples of ad hoc agreements include: 2016: Fort McMurray wildfires, 2017: a) Spring floods and b) British Columbia Wildfires, 2019: Spring floods, 2020: a) Immediate support for the COVID-19 crisis and b) $59M for CRC’s ongoing relief efforts related to COVID-19, floods and wildfires

Ad hoc agreement

Seniors, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, medically dependent person, low-income residents, children and youth, persons with low literacy levels, women, transient populations, and new Canadians

ad hoc

EM Exemplary Service Award

Funding varies each year

Recognition for exceptional service and achievement in five categories: Search and Rescue (SAR) Volunteers, SAR Employees, Resilient Communities, Youth, and Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management

  • the award is an FPT partnership
  • eligible recipients span every province and territory and represent a variety of professions in the EM community, from EM professionals and volunteers across all levels of government to leaders from Indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, youth, academia, and associations
  • recognizes and promotes awareness of the contributions made by potentially vulnerable populations to EM, including Indigenous communities and youth

FPT review candidates separately; each jurisdiction awards up to three individuals in each category

EM professionals, volunteers and including leaders from Indigenous communities, youth, academic and associations


Canada Strong

Up to $1.85M – exact amount to be confirmed

PS is providing a contribution of up to $1.85M to the City of Toronto to support the families of the victims of the Flight PS-752 tragedy by matching donations to the Canada Strong Campaign

Ad hoc project

Families of the of victims of Flight PS-752; details TBD but intention to distribute funds proportionally to the most vulnerable and impacted families (e.g., to families who lost their main income earner, or to dependents whose parents both perished in the crash)





Target Population

Date Established

Canada Centre on Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence

Leads the Government of Canada’s efforts to counter radicalization to violence (CRV):

  • provides policy guidance on CRV;  launched the National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence in 2018
  • funds, plans, coordinates research on CRV issues; funding provided through the Community Resilience Fund (see above program list)
  • partner for the new Anti-Racism Strategy, led by Canadian Heritage, around hate-motivated forms of terrorism; improving reporting of hate incidents, public education and research
  • convenes the National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence which provides diverse expertise on CRV issues

Diverse communities involved in the prevention of violent extremism, hate crimes and other online harms


Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security (CCRS)

The CCRS, appointed by the Ministers of Public Safety and Justice, brings together leaders from diverse communities to seek their perspectives and facilitate an exchange of information on national security and public safety policies and programs, and how these may impact Canada’s diverse communities

  • membership includes broad ethnic, religious, gender, youth, linguistic and regional representation.

Diverse communities affected by national security and public safety policies and programs


Working Group on Bias Sensitivity and the Application of GBA+ in National Security

Working Group composed of national security departments and agencies are developing a plan to address unconscious bias and improve cultural competency among national security practitioners and to apply GBA+ at all stages including in the development and implementation of national security policies, programs and operations, public engagement, training, pilot projects, evaluation metrics, etc.

National security practitioners (to address unconscious bias and apply GBA+ considerations related to diverse communities affected by national security policies and programs)


National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

Whole of government strategy to combat HT, which overwhelmingly affects marginalized groups:

  • received funding in 2019 of $57.2M over five years and $10.3M thereafter, in addition to 2018 funding of $14.5M over five year and $2.9M thereafter to establish a new HT hotline for victims
  • program funding delivered through the Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime (see program list above)
  • strategic pillars: empowerment, prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships
  • aims to increase awareness of HT to improve detection and protection of victims, enhance trauma-informed support services, increase data collection, support law enforcement and justice system interventions, enhance partnerships with supporting actors within civil society, the private sector and internationally

Vulnerable groups including at-risk women and youth, Indigenous women and girls, LGBTQ2, migrant populations, individuals experiencing homelessness


National Crime Prevention Strategy

NCPS is the overarching policy framework for crime prevention policies and programs in Canada

  • supports communities to address issues such as youth gangs, youth violence, hate crimes, bullying, cyberbullying and exiting the sex trade
  • Funding delivered through a variety of programs listed above (SIP, NACPF, CPAF, YGPF)

Indigenous peoples, racialized communities and youth, women and girls, LGBTQ2


Drug Stigma Awareness Training for Law Enforcement

Online training to raise awareness among law enforcement that substance use disorder is a mental health condition and to provide tools and resources when interacting with vulnerable individuals that may have this condition

Law enforcement (to better inform police interactions with individuals with substance use disorders)


Opioids Communication Project

Provides First Nations Police Services with tools and training to raise awareness in First Nations communities across Canada of the risks associated with the use of opioids and other emerging drugs; in partnership with the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association (FNCPA)

Indigenous communities


Aboriginal Community Safety Planning Initiative (ACSPI)

Supports Indigenous communities in the development of community-driven safety plans:

  • works towards preventing issues related to MMIWG, improving access for restorative justice programming and responds to the recommendations of the TRC
  • has engaged over 150 Indigenous communities, over 50 of which have completed community safety plans and are at various stages of implementation

Indigenous communities, Indigenous women and girls


Akwesasne Organized Crime Initiative

Enhances the capacity of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service to work with other law enforcement to investigate and disrupt organized criminal activity in and around Akwesasne; supports indigenous policing to build community trust and culturally appropriate approaches to addressing organized crime; reduces exposure of community members to organized crime

Community within and around the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory


Kahnawake Organized Crime Initiative

Building on the success of the Akwesasne partnership outlined above, PS entered into a similar agreement with the Kahnawake Peacekeepers

Community within and around the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory


Emergency Management Strategy (EMS)

Flagship FPT effort to improve disaster resilience in Canada

  • objective to better prepare, recover and respond to disasters, capacity building for vulnerable populations including Indigenous people
  • includes $161M funding for FPTs and initiatives

Communities across Canada including Indigenous communities and other vulnerable populations


Inventory of Emergency Management Capabilities in Indigenous Communities

Collects data on EM risks, capabilities and gaps in Indigenous communities across Canada

  • helps decision-makers better understand current capacity and gaps
  •  will inform future EM policies and programs; initiative co-led with the AFN

Indigenous communities

2017 pilot; 2019 national roll-out

National Risk Profile (NRP)

Improves Canada’s ability to predict and respond to threats; enhances understanding of the nature of risks posed by floods, wildfires, and earthquakes

  • Budget 2019 funding included:
    • Public Safety - $7.53M over five years
    • NRCan – Earthquake Risk Assessment ($5.95M over five years); Floodplain Mapping ($8.8M over five years); Wildfire Risk Assessment ($4.6M over five years)
    • ECCC – Floodplain Mapping ($1.53M over five years)
  • NRP will study key socio-economic factors that lead to greater disaster impact on vulnerable communities: economic factors (disparities in income, jobs), environmental factors (pollution may be higher in certain areas of the country, housing may have mold, unsafe water, etc.), as well as psycho-social (disparate impacts from natural disasters on communities that may already have mental health challenges)

Communities across Canada to identify and address differential experiences to natural disasters, including among vulnerable populations


Residential Insurance and Strategic Relocation

Funding to provide PS ($6.3M) and ISC ($1.7M) to conduct research on the impact of residential flood insurance for homeowners in high-risk areas

  • will inform the development of options for a national flood insurance program
  • will consider the impact of residential flood insurance for First Nations and Indigenous peoples off-reserve

Homeowners in high-risk flood areas, including Indigenous peoples


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