The HPV vaccination will help reduce the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of women who have to be treated for abnormal cervical screening results. Girls who are offered the HPV vaccine have an opportunity to protect themselves from two high risk types of HPV that cause at least 70% of all cervical cancers. It is essential that all girls who are vaccinated also attend cervical screening when invited because the vaccine does not protect against all HPV types. If you are not eligible for the vaccination the best protection against cervical cancer is to continue going for regular cervical screenings. The combination of HPV vaccination and cervical screening can help reduce cervical cancer incidence in Canada.

Human papillomavirus immunization programs by province/territory (September 2010):

Province/Territory

Routine Schedule for girls- 1,2 and 6 months (Year of implementation)

Routine Schedule for boys (Year of implementation)

Catch-up program for girls 

Catch-up programs for boys 

British Columbia

Grade 6 (2008)

Grade 6 (2017) 

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Alberta

Grade 5 (2008)

 Grade 5 (2014)

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 Grade 9 (from 2014- 2018 only)

Saskatchewan

Grade 6 (2008)

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Manitoba

Grade 6 (2008)

 Grade 6 (2016)

- Females born between 1997 and 2003 can get up to 3 doses, if they missed the Grade 6 program. 

- Females born between 1986 and 2005 with an increased risk if HPV infection are eligible for the 3 doses, if they started the vaccine series before March 31, 2014. 

- Females who are immunocompromised or HIV-positive and born during or after 1997 are also eligible to receive 3 doses.

 Grades 8+9 (2016)

Ontario

Grade 7 (2007)

Grade 7 (2016)

- Girls starting Grade 8 in the 2016-17 school year will be able to receive the vaccine.

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Quebec

Grade 4 (2008)

 - Grade 4 (2016)

- Also, men 26 years old and younger, who have sex with other men can get the HPV vaccine free of charge. (2016) 

- 9 to 13 years of age (High Risk of HPV Infections)

- 14-17 years of age

- 9 to 17 years of age in First Nations communities

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New Brunswick

Grade 7 (2008)

 *Boys will be included in the program, waiting for details. 

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Nova Scotia

Grade 7 (2007)

 Grade 7 (2015)

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Prince Edward Island

Grade 6 (2007)

 Grade 6 (2013) 

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Grade 6 (2007)

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Northwest Territories

Grades 4-6 (2009)

*9-14 yrs: 2 doses

*15 yrs +: 3 doses

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Yukon

Grade 6 (2008-09)

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Nunavut

Grade 6 (2010)

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Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) and National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). (2012). Update on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.
Canada Communicable Disease Report. Vol. 38 

 


"HPV Vaccination Summary." Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. N.p., 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.