CANFAR is a national, independent organization advancing HIV knowledge and science.
Fueled by fundraising, we invest in and foster effective research, build awareness, and cultivate partnerships to share expertise and encourage joint action. We have given more than $26 million in grants to HIV/AIDS research projects. Together, these nearly 575 projects have helped achieve breakthroughs in HIV prevention, testing, access to treatment, combatting stigma, and the search for a cure.
HIV in Canada today*
Canada saw a 24.9% increase of new HIV diagnoses in 2022 over 2021, with Saskatchewan and Manitoba leading the country’s new diagnosis rate at 19.0 and 13.0 per 100,000 – compared to the national average of 4.7. This rise in new cases has not been seen in over a decade.
*HIV in Canada: 2022 surveillance highlights from Public Health Agency of Canada
CANFAR's National Ambassadors
CANFAR’s National Ambassador Program engages diverse people from various backgrounds to spread awareness across the country about HIV stigma, and is vital to engaging Canadians through stories of people living with, and impacted by, HIV.
Recent Work & Funded Projects
Smart vending machines distributing sexual health and harm reduction supplies in under-resourced communities in Canada. A joint project with ReachNexus and the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions.