Health Canada launches call for proposals to create a Collaborating Center for Integrated Youth Services

Health Canada launches call for proposals to create a Collaborating Center for Integrated Youth Services
Health Canada launches call for proposals to create a Collaborating Center for Integrated Youth Services

Helping community centers promote the well-being of young people

June 14, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

Young people across Canada are struggling with mental health issues and it is essential that they have timely access to appropriate services and support in the communities where they live.

Today, the Honorable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, launched a national call for proposals to create a collaborative hub to strengthen integrated services for youth (SIJ) across Canada. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 12, 2024.

SIJ centers are “one-stop shops” that young people aged 12 to 25 can access for a range of services and supports, including mental health counseling, addiction treatment services, primary care, peer and family support, and more, delivered in person or virtually.

The creation of the SIJ collaboration center will:

  • to strengthen the capacity of community centers to meet the needs of young people;
  • bring together Canada’s LIS networks, including the Indigenous LIS network, to promote collaboration and coordination across provinces and territories;
  • improve services by leveraging sector expertise and applying lessons learned from ongoing evaluation and feedback; And,
  • to promote equitable access to SIJ across Canada.

Additionally, the Collaboration Center will support efforts to better meet the needs of young people who deserve to be treated fairly and those living in rural and remote communities.

The community care provided by SIJ centers can help ease the burden on overcrowded hospital emergency rooms. Strengthening the implementation of IFS has the potential to transform our youth health care system by reducing barriers to care, increasing opportunities for early intervention at signs of distress, and making the system easier to navigate by gathering resources.

The SIJ Collaboration Center complements other federal investments aimed at preparing young people for success. These include investments proposed in Budget 2024 for a Youth Mental Health Fund as well as Kids Help Phone – initiatives that would ensure young people have access to support when and where they need it. Likewise, if you are thinking about suicide or worried that someone you know is thinking about it, you can call or text 9-8-8 for support in English or French, 24 hours a day , 7 days a week and 365 days a year.


“The past few years have been extremely difficult for many people in Canada, especially young people. But no one should fight alone. Through investments and initiatives like the Collaborating Center for Integrated Youth Services, we are making it easier for young people to get help faster, and in a way that reaches them where they are. find. By strengthening SIJ, we are helping to ensure that younger generations across Canada are supported and equipped to face difficulties, overcome challenges and thrive. »

The Honorable Ya’ara Saks
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

Quick facts

  • Early intervention is important given that almost two thirds of mental disorders appear before the age of 25, and almost half before the age of 18.
  • As part of this opportunity, the Government of Canada will provide up to $15 million over five years to support the development of the SIJ Collaboration Center and its activities.
  • The Government of Canada, as part of its Working Together to Improve Health Care in Canada plan, is also investing nearly $200 billion over 10 years to improve health services across the country. This amount includes $46.2 billion in new funding for provinces and territories. Of this funding, $25 billion is for tailored bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to support work in shared priority areas, including increasing access to mental health and substance use support services.
  • The SIJ Collaboration Center will complement other SIJ initiatives, including the RR-SIJ initiative led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and partners including the Graham Boeckh Foundation.
  • Funding for the SIJ Collaborating Center will come through the Health Care Policy and Strategy Program. The program is not accepting proposals for other projects at this time.


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