Substance Use and Addictions Program

The Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) is a federal grants and contributions program, delivered by Health Canada. SUAP provides financial support to provinces, territories, non-governmental organizations, key stakeholders and individuals 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, nicotine, 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
  • On-reserve First Nations organizations may also be considered, subject to consultation with Indigenous Services Canada.
  • Individual Canadians and permanent residents who are at least 16 years old (eligible for micro-grant funding only)

For-profit groups and Federal Crown corporations are not eligible for funding under the SUAP.

Applying for funding

Stream 1 – Contributions

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 2018- Guidelines for Applicants.

There is no deadline for this Call for Proposals process. Under this invitation, funding applications will be accepted on a continual basis. Note that funding will be subject to budgetary and program considerations.

To apply, please request a proposal template by email at:

Quebec organizations: please note that the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (MSSS) is managing the funds in the province of Quebec. L' Institut national de santé publique du Québec and l'Institut universitaire sur les dépendances have been mandated by the MSSS to develop projects in collaboration with community partners.

Stream 2 – Micro-grants

Health Canada is offering a new micro-grant stream of funding to support small-scale projects that raise awareness about the health effects of cannabis and/or risks of vaping.

Successful applications will be eligible for up to $1,000 of funding.

There is no deadline for this Call for Proposals process. Under this invitation, funding applications will be accepted on a continual basis until available funding has been allocated.

To apply, and view the application requirements, please click here .

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