Substance Use and Addictions Program

Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program provides grants and contributions funding to other levels of government, community-led and not-for-profit organizations, as well as individuals (micro-grant funding only), to respond to drug and substance use issues in Canada. Funding supports a wide range of evidence-informed and innovative problematic substance use prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives across Canada at the community, regional and national levels. Initiatives target a range of psychoactive substances, including opioids, stimulants, cannabis, alcohol, nicotine and tobacco.

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:
    • Indigenous
    • provinces
    • territories
    • municipalities
    • their agencies
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations
  • 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

The SUAP invites eligible organizations to submit an application for funding for time-limited projects. Funding will be available, to enhance the response to the opioid crisis and other emerging issues, such as methamphetamines. Under this anticipatory call for proposals, funding will be provided to projects in three streams: (1) harm reduction, community-led and front-line initiatives; (2) increasing access to pharmaceutical-grade medications; and (3) new approaches to address problematic methamphetamine use. The guidelines outlining the application requirements are available at Substance Use and Addictions Program - Call for Proposals - Guidelines for Applicants - July 2019.

Please email to request a copy of the application template.

Applications must be submitted using Health Canada’s application template via email to: by 1:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

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.

Applications for funding submitted to Health Canada will undergo a screening, review and selection process. Note that funding will be subject to budgetary and program considerations.

Health Canada anticipates funding decisions related to this call for proposals will be made by December 2019 for projects starting January 2020.

Stream 2 – Micro-grants

This process is now closed.

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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