Summary of the Evaluation of the Initiatives to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) Among Public Safety Officers

About the Program

Public safety officers play a critical role in keeping Canadians safe, which often exposes them to traumatic incidents that can lead to post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI). Recognizing the need to support the mental health of public safety officers, the Government of Canada announced “Supporting Canada’s Public Safety Personnel: An Action Plan on Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries” in April 2019. Under this Action Plan, Public Safety Canada funded the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) at the University of Regina to develop and pilot an Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (ICBT) pilot for public safety officers, as well as establish a Knowledge Exchange Hub for research related to PTSI among public safety officers.

What We Examined

The evaluation covered the Initiatives’ activities under the Contribution Agreement with CIPSRT from January 2019, when the agreement was signed, to April 2022.

Evaluation Findings


The Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch, should, as part of renewed/continued funding:

  1. Explore methods to support the sustainability and expansion of the ICBT pilot by collaborating and coordinating with provinces, territories, and relevant organizations.
  2. Ensure resources provided to CIPSRT are sufficient for the communication and dissemination of knowledge products and consider working with federal partners (e.g., Statistics Canada) to support the development of a national baseline of information.
  3. Revisit and revise the current approach to performance measurement, including the development of a logic model, a performance measurement framework, and an approach that better incorporates GBA Plus.
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