Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia to provide update on implementation of B.C.’s exemption under the  Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Media advisory

January 27, 2023, Vancouver, British Columbia – The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, British Columbia Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, will provide joint remarks on the implementation of B.C.'s exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, coming into effect on January 31, 2023.

There will be a media availability immediately following the announcement.

The news conference will be preceded by an embargoed media technical briefing.


January 30, 2023


Technical briefing: 8:30 AM PT

News conference: 10:00 AM PT

Media technical briefing (virtual only)

Participation in the question and answer portion of this event is via Zoom, and is for accredited members of the Press Gallery only. Media who are not members of the Press Gallery may contact for temporary access.

A teleconference line is also available for listening to the event:
Toll-free dial-in number (Canada/US):
Local dial-in number:
Participant passcode: 9224130

News conference location

Pan Pacific Hotel
999 Canada Place #300, Oceanview Suite 5
Vancouver, B.C.

Media may also join via Zoom:
Passcode: 037742

NOTE: To help ensure optimal simultaneous interpretation sound quality, journalists are encouraged to use a microphone (headphones/headset) or, when possible, a landline, and to avoid using speaker mode if queuing up for questions.

Twitter: @GovCanHealth
Facebook: Healthy Canadians

Media inquiries

Maja Staka
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

Media Relations
Health Canada

Media Relations
BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

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