Substance Use and Addictions Program

The Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) is a federal contributions program, delivered by Health Canada. SUAP provides financial support to provinces, territories, non-governmental organizations and key stakeholders to strengthen responses to drug and substance use issues in Canada. Addressing the challenges posed by these issues requires leadership and collaboration across jurisdictions. Health Canada places a priority on working with partners to promote innovation and the adoption of best practices; improved effectiveness, efficiency and accountability within health and related systems; and national approaches to issues and priorities.

SUAP funding supports evidence-informed and innovative initiatives across health promotion, prevention, harm reduction, treatment and rehabilitation, targeting a broad range of legal and illegal substances including opioids, alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs.

Expected results

Expected results of the program include:

  • Targeted stakeholders and Canadians access evidence-informed information on substance use
  • Targeted stakeholders and Canadians are equipped with the capacity (knowledge, skills and supports) to inform their decisions and actions related to substance use
  • Targeted stakeholders use evidence-informed information on substance use to change policies, programs, and practice
  • Targeted Canadians take positive actions with respect to substance use
  • Canadians have access to quality, evidence informed health promotion, prevention, treatment and harm reduction programs and services
  • Canadians have better health outcomes

Eligible recipients

  • Canadian not-for-profit health organizations including:
    • hospitals
    • regional health councils
    • community health organizations
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations and registered not-for-profit charitable organizations
  • Canadian institutions including:
    • universities
    • school boards
    • other educational centres in Canada
  • Other levels of government including:
    • provinces
    • territories
    • municipalities
    • their agencies
  • Off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations

Individuals, for-profit groups and Federal Crown corporations and on-reserve First Nations organizations are not eligible for funding under the SUAP.

Applying for funding

SUAP is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit applications to support evidence-informed and innovative health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives to address substance use issues related to legal and illegal psychoactive substances. The guidelines outlining the application requirements are available at Substance Use and Addictions Program- Call for Proposals 2017- Guidelines for Applicants

This Call for Proposals is a two-step process. The first step is the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). Applicants whose LOIs are successful will be invited to submit a full proposal template. There is no deadline for this LOI process. Under this invitation, LOIs will be accepted on a continual basis. Note that funding will be subject to budgetary and program considerations.

LOIs received by 5:00 pm EST, August 4, 2017, will be given first consideration for initiatives with a potential start date this fiscal year. LOIs received after this date will be considered for later initiative start dates.

To apply, please request a Letter of Intent application form by email at:

Quebec organizations: please note that the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (MSSSQ) will be managing the funds in Quebec and will forward information to the health and social services network as per the agreement with Quebec. Mr. Patrice Boudreault of the MSSSQ is the lead on this file (

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