Public Health Agency of Canada

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Challenge

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Semi-finalists       Title of concept Description of concept
University of Guelph University of Guelph Food Prescription Program A food prescription program designed to improve diet quality among food insecure post secondary students at risk for Type 2 Diabetes in collaboration with an existing produce market on campus.
Myera Inc. Rejuvenating Traditional food and its role in type 2 diabetes prevention through an immersive educational experience for Indigenous youth. An immersive educational experience that connects Indigenous youth with traditional foods and knowledge to empower them in reducing their risk of type 2 diabetes.
Canadian Feed the Children Creating a sustainable mechanism for nutritious food to combat T2D in Northern Saskatchewan. Installation of an indoor growing modular hydroponic farm unit which can successfully grow more than 140 different crop varieties within a short period (5-12 weeks) in any climate.
TAIBU Community Health Centre Canada's Black Health Challenge Black Health Challenge - a culturally responsive prevention program incorporating nutrition, stress and health education together with culturally appropriate physical activity proven to modify the life style of health and wellbeing.
Caring Ventures INC. New Community Designed, Health Care Recommended, Online Video Program for Type II Diabetes Prevention. Continue to Care will launch a community and expert-designed, health care recommended, online video programs for type II diabetes prevention.

Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan (Health and collective well being)

Miluelimun - Feeling good in this place. The aim of the project is to offer direct access to information sessions, sports facilities, a collective kitchen, a community garden, group activities and discussions in a non institutionalized atmosphere, in order to create a place that invites people to develop healthy lifestyle habits and thus have a positive impact on the determinants of health in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Inspiring Communities Network

Empowering youth to create healthy communities using an innovative mobile health strategy. Youth leaders trained as health influencers catalyze changes to the built environment in order to reduce the risks of T2D.

Canadian Diabetes Association

Change the Conversation to Improve the Quality of Life of Those Diagnosed with Diabetes. We will work closely with communities affected by diabetes to understand current narratives and look for ways to unlearn these narratives and create ones that support more effective prevention.

SciMar Ltd

Kitchen Skills for Better Nutrition. Teaching young adults the basic skills needed to prepare healthy meals.

University of Ottawa

Train, inform and transform (TIT) to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in the community. Based on an interdisciplinary approach involving research ers from different fields of medicine, health sciences, psychology, education and sociology, the FIT (to train, inform, involve and transform) project aims to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in black communities by training students from different disciplines to inform religious leaders and engage black communities in type 2 diabetes prevention activities.

9018344 Canada Society (Sport for Life)

Physical Literacy for Improved T2D Management and Prevention among Northern BC Populations. We will establish physical literacy as a holistic community strength and resource that optimizes human centered care for those predisposed to and/or living with type 2 diabetes in Northern BC.

Black Creek Community Health Centre

Health Coaching Delivered by Community Ambassadors to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes A community/corporate partnership to co design and deliver health coaching through a digital health platform, focused on improving adherence to health behaviours with an em phasis on SDOH mental health.

University of Sasktachewan

Engaging youth in type 2 diabetes prevention: a community-led initiative with Cowessess First Nation. Involving youth in the development of a diabetes prevention intervention empowers them towards self-efficacy and agency as change agents leading and influencing healthy behaviours in their community.

The Manitoba Métis Federation

Creating a Red River Métis Specific Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Strategy - Reviving Traditional Foodways. A culturally informed initiative utilizing Métis 'ways of knowing' to promote healthy eating to reduce the development of Type 2 diabetes.

The APPLE Schools Foundation

APPLE Schools - Applying a proven approach to reduce barriers to Type 2 Diabetes prevention. APPLE Schools will explore expanding its research-based chronic disease prevention approach to high need school communities in Grande Prairie, Alberta to reduce vulnerable children's risk of T2D.

IDEA Diabetes Inc.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in the First 39 Moon Cycles of Life. The project will use a unique approach centred on initiating a community-led, culturally safe, and evidence-informed approach to diabetes prevention in the first 39 moons of life by upholding and honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being during this sacred time. This will include improving access to screening, care, community supports, and fostering healthy food relationships to reduce the baby's risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

Trillium Health Partners

Family-Centred Diabetes Health Ambassador Program for Peel region. The project aims to co-design, co-implement, and co-evaluate a Family-Centred Diabetes Health Ambassador Program for T2D prevention for South Asian and Black, African, and Caribbean communities in the Peel Region.

University of British Columbia

Fans in Training (FIT): A Community-Partnered Healthy Lifestyle Program for Newcomers to Canada. Fans in Training, our proven community-based healthy lifestyle program that leverages social connections of sport, will be tailored to engage hard to reach newcomers to Canada at high risk for T2D.

Clinemetrica Inc.

The Push Past Diabetes Mission. Promoting weight loss, healthy eating, and daily physical activity among Canadian Veterans will reduce the risk of developing diabetes and pre diabetes in this high-risk community. Following an online assessment of their CardiometabolicAge (a scientifically validated calculator to estimate the risk of de veloping the complications of diabetes and heart disease) participants will then follow an ehealth program proven to increase daily physical activity and support significant weight loss.

Manitoba Food Charter Inc.

Land Based Healthy Living Youth Club. A youth club will be established in two different Indigenous communities in Manitoba, which would offer community youth weekly drop-in land based activities to promote healthy living.

Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Businesses or other for-profit organizations;
  • Indigenous organizations and groups located in Canada;
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions;
  • Individuals, groups, societies, or coalitions (non-incorporated); and
  • Municipalities or local/regional governments located in Canada.

In order to receive funding, applicants are required to be a Canadian legal entity (such as a company or a corporation or a not-for-profit organization) capable of entering into binding agreements in Canada or establish one. International organizations may submit an application provided that these requirements are met.

Key Dates

Stage 1: Proposed Concept

  • Application Deadline - March 1, 2023
  • Semi-Finalists Announced - Summer 2023

Stage 2: Concept Development

  • Deadline - Fall 2023
  • Finalists Announced - Winter 2024

Stage 3: Implementation and Evidence Generation

  • Deadline - Winter 2026
  • Grand Prize Winners Announced - Winter 2026


  • Up to 21 prizes of CAD $35,000 open to all eligible applicants who submit a stage 1 proposed concept application.
  • Up to 7 prizes of CAD $600,000 open to all semi-finalists participating in stage 2.
  • Up to 2 grand prizes of CAD $1.25M open to all finalists participating in stage 3.

Note: The number of winners and prize amounts may vary depending on the applications received. For each phase, prize amounts will not be less than the amount per winner indicated above.