Invitation & Information for People with Lived Experience of HIV and/or Hep C to Virtual Engagement Sessions

Hello members of our community that have living or lived experience with HIV and/or hepatitis C,

Below is an amazing opportunity from the Public Health Agency of Canada to have your voice heard and to contribute to the movement.

“The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is preparing for the planned launch, in Fall 2020 of open solicitations for the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) and the Harm Reduction Fund (HRF).  Through the CAF and the HRF, organisations can apply for federal grants and contributions that  support time-limited community-based projects across Canada to reduce HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI).

To inform PHAC’s approach to these solicitations, PHAC is inviting people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C to attend one of several planned engagement sessions in July.  These engagement sessions reinforce the Government of Canada’s commitment to meaningfully engage people living with HIV, viral hepatitis and key populations in the development and implementation of policies and programs, which is the first guiding principle of the Pan-Canadian Framework for Action on Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections. 

The purpose of these sessions is to ensure PHAC investments in the STBBI community response are informed by people with lived experience.  This session is intended to outline and seek feedback on the proposed process for the Fall solicitations of the Community Action Fund and the Harm Reduction Fund and to confirm the two Funds’ priorities, which were outlined in the Government of Canada Five-Year STBBI Action Plan released last summer.

These sessions will be complemented by virtual sessions with national and community-based organisations and sharing circles with Indigenous-led organisations.

If you are interested in participating, we kindly ask that you pre-register using the corresponding link for one of the following sessions.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Please note that an additional English session has been added for July 15 for people living with HIV due to high interest.

People Living with HIV – English June 25  6-8PM EST Registration full
People Living with or with Lived Experience of Hepatitis C – English July 13   6-8PM EST
People Living with HIV – French July 14   6-8PM EST
NEW DATE People Living with HIV – English July 15 6-8PM EST
People Living with or with Lived Experience of Hepatitis C – French July 16  6-8PM EST

Important Information 

Due to COVID-19, all sessions  will be held virtually using the Zoom Platform and will include a dial-in by phone option.  Further guidance and instructions on using the platform is included in the link below to ensure participation privacy and security are respected.   You will also find:

  • a pre-recorded webinar
  • a copy of the webinar presentation
  • a list of questions to support and guide our discussion

We encourage you to view these documents in advance of our scheduled discussion, as they provide important information and context to facilitate the discussions. If you are unable to join us for the engagement session and would still like to submit questions or comments based on the list of questions provided, we invite you to send them to

If you have any difficulties accessing the materials via dropbox please send us an email so that we can ensure you receive the appropriate materials for the session.

We look forward to the virtual discussions.  Feedback gathered from this and other virtual engagement sessions will inform our approach for the planned Fall CAF and HRF solicitations.


Geneviève Tremblay
Director, Programs and Partnerships Division
Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Canada”

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