Substance Use and Addictions Program

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Opened July 22, 2021 and closed September 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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About contribution funding

Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) provides contribution funding for projects that respond to drug and substance use issues in Canada. We fund time-limited projects addressing current and emerging priorities relating to substance use through periodic calls for proposals, and occasionally through targeted calls on specific issues.

Contribution funding supports a wide range of innovative and evidence-informed projects addressing problematic substance use prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives across the country. Projects target a range of psychoactive substances, including opioids, stimulants, cannabis, alcohol, nicotine and tobacco at the community, regional and national levels.

Eligible recipients

The following types of organizations are eligible for SUAP funding.

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

Individuals, for-profit groups and federal Crown corporations are not eligible for contribution funding under SUAP.

Call for Proposals 2021


Through this one stage and one-time national call for proposals, SUAP is seeking applications for projects that can help to prevent, treat or reduce the harms associated with opioids, stimulants, alcohol, prescription drugs, and other potentially harmful substances.

Priority populations

Projects should reach those at greatest risk or who may face barriers accessing services, including:

  • People with needs that are often unmet by existing services, such as:
    • Indigenous Peoples
    • Racialized peoples and communities
    • 2SLGBTQIA+ peoples and communities
    • Youth
    • People living with pain
  • Regions where there may be gaps in services available, such as:
    • Rural and remote communities
    • Indigenous communities
    • Small to medium sized cities with populations up to 100,000
    • Other regions without adequate access to primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals such as psychiatrists
  • Groups at heightened risk of substance-related overdoses, such as:
    • People who use illegal and toxic drugs
    • People who work in the trades or in physically demanding professions
    • Men aged 25 to 59
    • People who use drugs alone
  • People who face multiple social impacts, such as:
    • People in poverty or experiencing economic insecurity
    • People experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness
    • People who have been in contact with various justice systems
  • People who work with and advocate on behalf of those impacted, such as:
    • People with lived and living experience of substance use as well as their families
    • People with experience of living with chronic pain
    • Frontline health, social and harm reduction workers

Core project requirements

To be eligible for funding, all project applications must:

  • Ensure that the needs of those at greatest risk or who may face barriers accessing services are addressed. Applications should reflect not only the specific group(s) that the project will aim to reach, but also demonstrate how it will meet the needs of these groups and measure progress towards achieving these specific objectives.
  • Include those with direct experience of the needs the project aims to address in the design, delivery and evaluation of the project. Peer workers should be appropriately compensated and represented in project leadership.
  • Provide a clear, evidence-informed rationale for the proposed intervention.
  • Demonstrate feasibility in a 12-15 month timeframe, and a sustainability plan for projects that will extend beyond the term of funding.
  • Use person-first language, model a person-centred approach, and strive to reduce stigma associated with substance use among stakeholders and within the community.

Funding priorities

Applications are welcome for projects that can meet needs in the areas outlined below.

Funding Priority 1 - Harm reduction related to substance use and the toxic illegal drug supply

Projects that expand the availability of services designed to reduce the harmful health, social and economic effects of substance use on individuals, families and communities, such as:

  • New or enhanced safer supply projects that provide innovative ways to reach people living with an opioid or stimulant disorder who may face barriers to traditional methods of care
  • Projects that aim to prevent overdoses by providing wraparound services, peer-led outreach and/or navigation services for hard-to-reach populations
  • New or enhanced drug checking services
  • Other harm reduction activities that address the toxic illegal drug supply

Funding Priority 2 - Prevention, health promotion and early intervention

Projects that aim to address the root causes of harmful substance use, prevent the harms associated with substance use, or provide services that can help to avoid future risks, such as:

  • Projects focused on preventing substance use from becoming harmful, including those addressing unmanaged pain or trauma, marginalization and discrimination, youth and post-secondary students, and workplace environments
  • Partnerships between the health system and professional and/or community-based organizations
  • Projects that pilot or evaluate models for supporting people who use drugs who are in contact with law enforcement and/or the justice system

Funding Priority 3 - Treatment and Recovery

Projects that engage or retain people in evidence-informed, culturally relevant and stigma-free treatment and recovery services and supports, such as:

  • Projects providing assistance in the navigation of health benefits, the health system, treatment options, potential transitions in care, and receiving services across systems of care
  • Projects that provide comprehensive and integrated wraparound services that meet multiple needs
  • Reducing barriers to accessing opioid agonist therapy (OAT)
  • Alcohol management or cessation programming
  • Projects that can pilot or evaluate models for other innovative substitution programming (e.g. cannabis substitution)

Funding Priority 4 - Strengthening the substance use workforce

Projects that connect systems of care and increase the capacity across the spectrum of support services (health, social, peer-led, etc.) to provide care to people who use drug, such as:

  • Training or continuing education for peer workers, health and social service professionals, and those working to reach priority populations (as noted above)
  • Training to ensure that services for priority populations are delivered in a manner that considers the social and historical contexts of health and health care inequities, addressing power imbalances and discrimination (cultural safety)
  • Partnerships between systems of care (e.g.: between health and social services, or mental health, substance use, and chronic pain)
  • Projects led by peer and patient-led organizations focused on peer support, including those related to chronic pain

Quebec organizations

For Quebec organizations, please note that the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) is managing SUAP funds for Quebec. All applications will need to obtain written authorization by the ministre responsable des Relations canadiennes et de la Francophonie canadienne.

For more information, consult the MSSS website.

Applying for funding

Application guidelines

Application requirements are explained in detail in the Call for Proposals 2021 – Guidelines for Applicants. Download and save a copy to your computer.

Application form

Please download a copy of the application form to your computer. Refer to the application guidelines and the most commonly asked questions about the application form as you fill out each section of the application.

Application deadline

Send your completed application by email to before 2:00 PM EDT on September 24, 2021. Health Canada will not accept applications submitted after the official deadline.

Information session

An Information Session took place on August 12, 2021 to walk through details such as, the Funding Priorities and how to complete an application.

To request a copy of the recording, email us at

Questions about the application process

Please refer to the most commonly asked questions page to see if the question you have is already answered.

If you still have questions, email us at SUAP makes every effort to respond to each inquiry as soon as possible.

For transparency and fairness, Health Canada cannot provide personalized advice on applications or project ideas.

Existing projects

We are currently working with a number of organizations across the country on projects that address a wide range of substance-related issues. This table is updated regularly as new agreements are finalized and more information becomes available.

To use this table, please use the filter and sort.

Project Location Contribution agreement
Organization Title Description Primary focus City, Province Total ($)
Active Aging Canada Public Awareness and Education on the use of Cannabis with Older Adults

This initiative will provide evidence-based information in the area of safe cannabis use and its effect on the older adult of all abilities with an emphasis on cannabis public education, awareness, harm reduction and prevention through the development of older-adult focused resources including evidence-based information in the area of safe cannabis use as it relates to being active for those suffering from chronic diseases and pain.

Project duration: October 1, 2019 to January 31, 2022

Cannabis Shelburne, Ontario 1,119,380
AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan APSS opioid overdose prevention program

This project will work to reduce the opioid overdose risks and prevent opioid overdoses among Indigenous people who inject substances and those at increased risks in the North Central core area of Regina, Saskatchewan. This will include one-on-one, small group and drop-in overdose prevention education sessions, as well as Naloxone training and kit distribution. It will be targeted to Indigenous people who currently access harm reduction services, adults in the correctional system, middle aged working men, at-risk youth and health and other professionals in the community.

Project duration:  April 28, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Regina, Saskatchewan 384,847
Alberta Addicts Who Educate and Advocate Responsibly (AAWEAR) Capacity building for AAWEAR's peer outreach harm reduction teams

This initiative will build capacity of the peer outreach staff through ongoing enhanced education and training, expand the program from Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge into suburban areas, and support the development of program tools and embed promising practices.

Project duration: March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2022

Opioids Calgary, Alberta 300,000
Alberta College of Family Physicians Collaborative mentorship network for chronic pain and addiction

This project will develop a mentorship program among family physicians and other primary healthcare professionals in Alberta to enhance expertise in treating patients with chronic pain and/or substance use disorder.

Project duration: July 23, 2020 to July 15, 2023

Chronic pain Edmonton, Alberta 1,896,090
Alberta Health Services Opioid care pathways: Knowledge translation learning collaboratives

This project aims to implement newly developed supports for health care personnel working in pain management in order to improve opioid prescription practices and care delivery.

Project duration: September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022

Chronic Pain Edmonton, Alberta 1,219,203
Alberta Rural Development Network Rural cannabis outreach program

The objective of this project is to support 15 rural communities in the development and dissemination of community specific data on cannabis use with a particular focus on youth and families.

Project duration: March 27, 2019 to August 31, 2021

Cannabis Edmonton, Alberta 261,427
Association for Action on Smoking and Health Mitigating the public health impact of cannabis legalization on the potential renormalization of smoking in western provinces

This initiative will prevent the renormalization of public smoking by supporting the creation of smoke-free bylaws and policies that would restrict the public smoking and vaping of any substance, in municipalities, school district properties and post-secondary campuses.

Project duration: July 9, 2019 to June 30, 2022

Tobacco Edmonton, Alberta 790,500
Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada Developing a Canada-wide competency-based curricula for current and future physicians in pain management, substance use and addictions

This initiative will develop a curriculum for future physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pain.

Project duration: November 1, 2018 to February 1, 2021

Chronic Pain Ottawa, Ontario 1,995,256
Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Community Education & Awareness for Cannabis

The project proposes to address existing cannabis education, awareness and harm reduction gaps by developing and implementing community specific work plans. Vulnerable groups, such as youth, young adults, and people living with addiction and/or mental health issues, are a specific focus.

Project duration:  June 25, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Cannabis London, Ontario 2,619,800
AVI Health and Community Services Society Victoria Safer Alternatives for Emergency Response (SAFER) Initiative

This project will deliver a community-based, flexible safer supply model with health care provider oversight in order to address the increased risk of overdose posed by the toxic illegal drug supply during the COVID-19 outbreak. The initiative will also help people who have not responded to other types of treatment, as well as those who have been difficult to reach and engage through traditional public health and addiction treatment measures.

Project duration: July 23, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Victoria, British Columbia 4,005,969
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Peer 2 peer support

This project will engage first responders with lived experiences in the overdose response environments of Coquitlam and Victoria. The goal is to develop, implement and evaluate a peer-led model of supports addressing issues of stress management, trauma and burnout.

Project duration: March 12, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 774,850
BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) National Approach to the Clinical Management of High-risk Drinking and Alcohol Disorder

This project will develop the first "National Guideline for the Clinical Management of High-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)". The guideline will help Canadian health care providers quickly identify and address harmful drinking, and treat and support patients throughout their lifetime.

Project duration: September 1, 2020 to November 30, 2023

Alcohol Vancouver, British Columbia 1,523,118
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre Society Scaling up harm reduction and opioid overdose response in Yukon

The initiative aims to reduce opioid overdose for people who use drugs by expanding drug checking services and offering information addressing issues such as the tainted drug supply (i.e. fentanyl). The organization will also provide satellite harm reduction outreach services to increase access for Indigenous people who use illegal drugs in remote rural settings to harm reduction equipment and services, including naloxone, and increase knowledge to recognize overdose.

Project duration: June 1, 2019 to August 21, 2022

Opioids Whitehorse, Yukon 306,070
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada A Boys and Girls Club approach to addressing substance use

This initiative will develop and deliver a substance use, addiction and mental health educational and awareness program for youth.

Project duration: March 11, 2019 to February 28, 2023

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 1,400,781
Breakaway Community Services Wellness initiative for consumption treatment service workers

This project will pilot an initiative aimed at building and sustaining the capacity of overdose response workers in Consumption Treatment Service (CTS) sites in Toronto, Ontario. The project will help increase CTS workers’ capacity to cope with the impact of responding to traumatic events such as overdoses at work, will promote health and wellness as a priority, and will support the development of strategies and resources to address the challenges inherent in this work.

Project duration:  April 27, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Toronto, Ontario 376,612
Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Cannabis Use and Older Adults: Developing E-Learning Modules and Knowledge Translation Tools for Clinicians and Students

This project will provide the Canadian community of healthcare professionals the training required to work with older adults who use or are interested in using cannabis. This curriculum will offer up-to-date information and evidence relating to the potential benefits as well as risks of cannabis use in older adults.

Project duration: February 17, 2020 to December 31, 2022

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 856,945
Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD) We save lives: engaging and empowering people who use drugs in policymaking 2.0

This project seeks to build skills of CAPUD members, the broader community of people who use substances, decision makers and health care providers to better engage with one another. This would ensure that the voice of people who use substances is reflected in harm reduction and treatment services and strategies.

Project duration:  May 19, 2021 to March 31, 2024

Opioids Halifax, Nova Scotia 1,665,761
Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Empowering the next generation of health care and social service professionals with knowledge, skills and tools to address substance use issues in Canada

This initiative will provide health care professionals entering the workforce with tools that ensure access to evidence-based knowledge related to substance use.

Project duration: October 22, 2018 to September 30, 2021

Multiple substances Ottawa, Ontario 935,184
Canadian Automobile Association Cannabis Edibles - What Drivers Need to Know (anti-impaired driving)

This initiative will conduct a public awareness/education campaign to young, new and novice drivers (16 - 24) about the dangers that edible cannabis can have on one’s ability to safely control a vehicle, specifically the difficulty assessing the strength of the ‘high’ and the delayed onset of impairment.

Project duration:  September 2, 2019 to August 31, 2021

Cannabis Ottawa, Ontario 1,450,000
Canadian Mental Health Association – Hamilton Branch Reducing harms of substance use and advancing recovery through peer support

This initiative will expand a peer outreach pilot project, and includes peer support workers who identify as having lived or living experience who will work to connect individuals in the community with available health, addictions and housing services.

Project duration:  May 20, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Hamilton, Ontario 397,000
Canadian Nurses Association National nursing framework on the legalization of cannabis

This initiative will develop a national cannabis framework for nurses who interact directly with higher risk populations of harms associated with non-medical cannabis consumption such as youth, persons with a personal or family history of mental health issues and older adults.

Project duration: April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Ottawa, Ontario 1,354,247
Canadian Paediatric Society Education for health professionals on the health impacts of cannabis use in children and youth

This project will increase access to evidence-based resources and education for pediatricians, family physicians and other child/youth health care providers about the health impacts of non-medical cannabis use among youth and children.

Project duration: April 16, 2019 to December 31, 2021

Cannabis Ottawa, Ontario 241,309
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Sensible Cannabis Education

The proposed project would organize a national youth-focused dialogue across post-secondary institutions and communities to increase reach and distribution of CSSDP’s Sensible Cannabis Education Toolkit in Canada; and build on knowledge transfer activities related to the toolkit.

Project duration:  September 10, 2020 to July 31, 2022

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 428,535
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Cannabis knowledge exchange hub

This initiative will lead the development of an evidence-based knowledge hub to meet the needs of multidisciplinary service providers who are directly impacted by the regulations of legalized cannabis.

Project duration: February 19, 2019 to January 31, 2022

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 1,997,970
Centre for Effective Practice Adaptive Mentoring to Build Primary Care Capacity: Caring for Canadians Living with Mental Illness, Chronic Pain and Addictions

This project aims to build primary care capacity to care for patients in a compassionate and effective manner by establishing adaptive mentoring networks in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

Project duration: April 13, 2021 to March 31, 2025

Chronic Pain Toronto, Ontario 2,898,990
Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Society Cannabis, Women, Harm Reduction and Treatment

This initiative will produce gender transformative, equity oriented, harm reduction and trauma-informed health information and treatment approaches for practitioners, policy makers and women who use cannabis.

Project duration:  July 10, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Cannabis Vancouver, BC 1,332,360
City of Kelowna PEOPLE peer navigators and capacity building

The project will train and mentor people with lived and living experience with substance use to become peer navigators and to support the capacity of up to ten social service organizations in central Okanagan (Kelowna and West Kelowna).

Project duration: June 1, 2019 to  March 31, 2023

Opioids Kelowna, British Columbia 691,000
City of Vancouver Peer overdose prevention project

This project will provide peer-led, including Indigenous peers, in-reach and outreach overdose prevention and harm reduction services in and around three City-owned downtown community centres and a Downtown Eastside Park to people who use drugs and are at risk for overdose and overdose death. The focus will be on reaching out to people who tend to use alone in washrooms, corners, alleys or other outdoor areas, as well as people who do not regularly access services.

Project duration: July 14, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Vancouver, British Columbia 665,628
Community Addictions Peer Support Ottawa (CAPSA) Stigma reduction through community engagement and education

This initiative will reduce stigma associated with substance use disorder and raise awareness about recovery through public education. The goal is to expand upon current activities and develop new ways to engage the public by creating a tool that will be applicable at the national level.

Project duration: November 1, 2018 to October 25, 2022

Opioids Ottawa, Ontario 2,498,111
Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation Overcoming barriers to iOAT: An implementation evaluation of iOAT in an integrated health care facility for health service organizations across Canada

This initiative will implement and evaluate an intravenous opioid agonist therapy program in an integrated health setting for people who use injection drugs. The project will also create a Community of Practice (CoP) to support organizations implementing or wishing to implement Urgent Public Health Needs Sites (overdose prevention sites).

Project duration: January 28, 2019 to  March 31, 2022

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 2,967,165
Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough Emergency room support services and ongoing harm reduction support to overdose survivors and those at risk through a peer support program

This intervention is designed to interface with people who have overdosed in the emergency room setting so that they are immediately linked with a network of aftercare services. The project will develop certified peer support training for emergency room workers; create a peer support drop in service for aftercare; and develop a psychoeducational series of workshops for people who have been discharged from mental health crisis units.

Project duration: March 20, 2020 to March 31, 2024

Multiple substances Peterborough, Ontario 1,243,103
First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (Nanaandawewigamig) Toward a First Nation strategy for action on the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Manitoba

This initiative will develop community-driven, culturally and linguistically appropriate resources on cannabis that integrate evidence-informed Western scientific information with local Indigenous understandings and disseminate it to 63 First Nation communities in Manitoba.

Project duration: July 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Winnipeg, Manitoba 978,413
Government of British Columbia Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) training for BC pharmacists

This initiative will provide training for pharmacists participating in opioid agonist treatment in order to increase pharmacists' knowledge on buprenorphine, naloxone and slow-release oral morphine.

Project duration: September 7, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Victoria, British Columbia 950,458
Government of Manitoba - Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living Standardizing and increasing access to opioid replacement therapy in Manitoba

This initiative will provide opioid replacement therapy training to health care practitioners including remote communities and First Nations service care prescribers.

Project duration: December 17, 2018 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Winnipeg, Manitoba 2,085,000
Government of New Brunswick

Addiction and Mental Health Services - Department of Health

Pathways to opioid misuse in New Brunswick: Seeking solutions through research, education, prevention and treatment

This initiative will target research, education, prevention and treatment in health care and its workers, people with lived experience and their families and stakeholders to help address the problems associated with opioid addiction.

Project duration: January 18, 2019 to September 30, 2021

Opioids Fredericton, New Brunswick 505,398
Government of the Northwest Territories - Department of Health and Social Services Northern-focused public education awareness on cannabis use

This initiative will implement a comprehensive and interactive public education campaign on cannabis in all 33 communities in the NWT.

Project duration: December 18, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 2,405,807
Government of Yukon A Strong Foundation: Re-imagining Substance Use Prevention in Yukon

The project will bring together health care professionals, recreation coordinators, all 14 Yukon First Nations, law enforcement, and other Yukon community stakeholders to prevent harmful cannabis use among Yukon youth.  

Project duration: December 29, 2020 to September 30, 2022

Cannabis Whitehorse, Yukon 406,250
HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) Peer overdose prevention initiative

This initiative will provide outreach to individuals who are not currently accessing harm reduction services and peer training on naloxone use in order to reduce the risk of overdose related deaths.

Project duration: April 17, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Guelph, Ontario 206,736
HIV Community Link Society (HIVCL) Substance use capacity building project

This project will mobilize long-term, system-level change to reduce barriers to critical supports for people who use substances in Calgary and Southern Alberta. This project will develop the capacity, skills and knowledge of staff, peer workers and leadership professionals to implement policy and practice guidelines.

Project duration:  April 30, 2021 to March 31, 2023
Multiple substances Calgary, Alberta 290,486
Houston Link to Learning Society Food for thought

This project will explore the role food plays in reducing harm and connecting people who use substances to supports by running a twice-weekly soup kitchen. This project will also offer harm reduction education and will direct people who use substances to health and social services. The kitchen staff will include people with lived and living experience of substance use who will be equipped with life skills training and gain meaningful work experience in the process.

Project duration: May 11, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Houston, British Columbia 423,003
Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada Providing appropriate opioid prescription quantities for acute pain treatment

This initiative will develop and deliver training and practice support tools to pharmacists to better manage and limit the dispensing of opioids.

Project duration: October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2021

Chronic Pain Toronto, Ontario 357,333
John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton Mapping A Plan (M.A.P.)

This project will pilot a harm reduction focused, peer and addictions counsellor-led support group and drop-in program for individuals who use substances. This project will provide a safe space for people who use substances to receive evidence-based and person centered programming focused on harm reduction and safe usage. It will also promote connection with other community services and supports.

Project duration:  April 23, 2021 to March 31, 2023
Multiple substances Lindsay, Ontario 425,600
John Howard Society of New Brunswick Atlantic youth challenge to prevent drugged driving

This initiative will provide grade 10 students across the Atlantic provinces with evidence-based information aimed at dispelling myths in relation to drugged driving and improving awareness of cannabis and its effects on high risk behaviours through youth led school-wide prevention campaigns.

Project duration: August 13, 2018 to August 31, 2021

Cannabis Saint John, New Brunswick 1,016,002
Kilala Lelum Health Centre (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative) Overdose Response Expansion Project - Providing Cultural Safety and Safer Prescription Medicine Alternatives

This project will expand existing services at the Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative health centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to include safer supply and Indigenous Elder-led cultural healing programs. The project will improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people living with opioid use disorder and reduce associated harms during the COVID-19 outbreak. It will also offer important information on how to better provide care to this segment of the population.

Project duration: July 15, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 2,795,164
London InterCommunity Health Centre Safer opioid supply program

This initiative will help reduce harms related to the toxic illegal drug supply by providing prescribed opioids to patients with opioid use disorder during the pandemic and beyond.

Project duration: March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2024

Opioids London, Ontario 6,510,007
M'Chigeeng First Nation E-wiijkiwe'endijig Naadmaadwaad (Friends Helping Each Other)

This initiative will train local people with lived and living experience to become peer support advocates. Training will include a mix of Indigenous and Western concepts including trauma-informed care practices; motivational interviewing; the stages of change model; harm reduction practices; and evidenced-based peer support practices that are rooted in the foundations of the Anishinaabe teachings and customs.

Project duration:  May 20, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances M'Chigeeng, Ontario 801,751
Métis Nation of Ontario Cannabis preparedness initiative

This initiative will promote positive behaviours in relation to cannabis use among Métis communities, families and individuals. The focus is on cannabis prevention, education, awareness and harm reduction in 33 health services delivery sites across Ontario.

Project duration: April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Sault Ste Marie, Ontario 684,483
MySafe Society MySafe Project for Low Barrier Access to Oral Hydromorphone to Prevent Fatal Overdoses

This project offers a new way to provide medication to people living with opioid use disorder as an alternative to the toxic illegal drug supply and to help prevent overdoses. The MySafe machine resembles an ATM, and after verifying the patient’s identity with a palm scan, provides patients with access to their existing prescriptions for hydromorphone pills. The project operates at five sites in four cities across Canada.

Project duration: February 8, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Vancouver, BC 3,488,068
Native Addictions Council of Manitoba The cannabis education project

This initiative will develop and implement a cannabis education prevention strategy for Indigenous people in Winnipeg with particular emphasis on youth in the school system and those at increased risk of addictive behaviour.

Project duration: June 6, 2019 to May 31, 2022

Cannabis Winnipeg, Manitoba 1,083,510
Native Council of Prince Edward Island Mobile harm reduction team

This initiative will implement a team of harm reduction outreach workers within the off-reserve Indigenous community on PEI. The team will: increase the availability of culturally sensitive and trauma-informed harm reduction; offer Naloxone training; address the immediate needs of people who use substances; and, connect people who use substances to services and supports in the community, including Elders.

Project duration:  April 29, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 387,658
Native Women’s Association of Canada A community-informed approach to cannabis public education and awareness for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.

This initiative will develop and distribute cannabis public education resources that better reflect the information needs of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. These objectives will be met through the process of an engagement session, a national online survey, regional in-person engagement sessions, and the development of culturally-appropriate and gender specific resources.

Project duration: September 23, 2019 to August 31, 2022.

Cannabis Ottawa, Ontario 540,290
Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre Inc. Cannabis education and awareness

This initiative will develop and disseminate culturally appropriate cannabis public education and awareness resources and programming to Wikwemikong communities in Northern Ontario.

Project duration: April 1, 2019 to September 30, 2023

Cannabis Wikwemikong, Ontario 913,333
Northern Inter-tribal Health Authority Transition Recovery Program

This initiative will target First Nations on reserve by supporting clients/patients who are recovering from opiate use or who are on opiate agonist therapy.

Project duration: October 10, 2019 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 656,610
Nunatsiavut Government Nunatsiavut Harm Reduction for Problematic Alcohol and Substance Use

The project aims to enhance harm reduction programming across five Nunatsiavut communities by researching individual and community substance-use patterns, educate and engage on harm reduction, and develop innovative approaches to address problematic substance use across the region. 

Project duration: October 6, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Multiple Substances Nunatsiavut, NL 546,391
Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion - Public Health Ontario Adaptation, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive community intervention model to reduce opioid-related harms

This initiative will implement and adapt for the Canadian context, Project Lazarus, a community-based overdose prevention program developed in North Carolina, USA. Project Lazarus works with community coalitions to support central coordination and local action to reduce overdose deaths.

Project duration: July 9, 2019 to March 31, 2024

Opioids Toronto, Ontario 1,244,020
Ontario Lung Association N-O-T Online: A multifaceted online program for youth tobacco cessation

This project will engage youth 14 to 19 years of age in the development of an interactive online and mobile friendly program to include self-directed cessation strategies, peer and professional support and resources for youth who want to quit (tobacco smoking and nicotine vaping).

Project duration: September 9, 2019 to September 30, 2022

Tobacco Toronto, Ontario 960,900
Ontario Lung Association Cultivating the cannabis conversation

This initiative will undertake a public education campaign that targets Canadians aged 18-24 with information that will alter perceptions about cannabis use being a low-risk activity and increase awareness of the effects of smoking cannabis on the lungs.

Project duration: April 1, 2019 to January 31, 2022

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 2,447,640
Operation Springboard Weed Out the Risk - A national youth public education program

This initiative will scale-up on the health and road safety risks of driving while under the influence of cannabis with the Weed Out the Risk Program. The program will be delivered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada using a facilitated, multi-media, interactive harm reduction approach.

Project duration: June 11, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 3,004,135
Opportunities for Independence, Inc. Women with intellectual disabilities in conflict with the law: Trauma-informed substance use treatment

This initiative will develop a trauma-informed substance use treatment program in Manitoba for women in conflict with the law and with intellectual or developmental disabilities, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and other neurodevelopmental challenges.

Project duration: June 6, 2019 to November 30, 2022

Alcohol Winnipeg, Manitoba 516,076
Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention #PotCanPoisonKids

This initiative will create and implement a comprehensive, evidence-based national education, awareness and prevention campaign focused on the dangers of unintentional child poisoning from cannabis edibles and products targeted at parents and caregivers.

Project duration: March 22, 2019 to 31 March 31, 2023

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 1,668,255
Paramedic Association of Canada An innovative and holistic paramedic response to Canada's opioid crisis across the prevention, harm reduction, and treatment continuum in out-of-hospital emergency and community settings

This initiative will develop national norms to provide paramedics with guidance for addressing health promotion, harm reduction, treatment and prevention of opioid addiction and overdoses.

Project duration: July 6, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Ottawa, Ontario 1,198,368
Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre Emergency Safer Supply Program

This project will provide pharmaceutical-grade medication to people experiencing severe opioid use disorder and connect patients with important health and social services, including treatment, which may be more difficult to access during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Project duration: July 10, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Toronto, Ontario 2,733,524
Pathways to Recovery Safer supply Ottawa

This project will expand upon existing Ottawa community-based services to prescribe pharmaceutical opioids for those at greatest risk of overdose and death.

Project duration: July 2, 2020 to March 31, 2021

Opioids Ottawa, Ontario 1,400,000
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Cannabis in Our Communities: A Focus on Inuit Youth and Maternal Health and Well-being

This initiative will assess the current knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around cannabis in Inuit communities, focusing on youth and pregnant women and their partners, through focus groups and a Canada-wide survey.

Project duration: October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2022

Cannabis Ottawa, Ontario 1,048,583
Peers Victoria Resources Society Peers at Peers: Sex, Gender and Trauma-informed Harm Reduction for People in the Sex Work or Trade

This initiative will offer harm reduction and therapeutic communication training to individuals with lived or living experience of substance and that have experience in sex work. They will be offered a supported work experience through which they will facilitate harm reduction workshops aimed at people who use substances. With this gained experience, the project would further support the trainees in finding paid or volunteer work in the field of harm reduction.

Project duration: May 27, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Victoria, British Columbia 265,476
Peterborough Police Service Collaborative multi-sector response, outreach and support team for people at risk for and experiencing opioid related overdose

This project will enable the organization to work local partners to create a community-based outreach team to increase the capacity for front-line community services to help people at risk who are referred by police.

Project duration: September 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Peterborough, Ontario 1,894,512
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada Addressing knowledge gaps important to tobacco regulation

This project aims to contribute to accelerating the decline in tobacco use and to support the knowledge needs of policy makers, regulators and the public health community.

Project duration: June 13, 2019 to March 31, 2023

Tobacco Ottawa, Ontario 1,067,375
Providence Health Care Research Institute An Innovative Safe Supply Program to Support People with Severe Opioid Use Disorder

This project will establish a safer supply program in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for people at risk of overdose and death due to the increasingly toxic illegal drug supply during the outbreak. In partnership with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the project will offer a personalized, low-barrier approach, with a variety of opioid medications available and extended operating hours. It will also help connect patients to primary care, peer support workers and social workers.

Project duration: July 20, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 3,645,000
Provincial Health Services Authority - BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Developing a national surveillance of controlled drug content

This initiative will pilot a drug surveillance system in order to inform behaviour, policies and services based on accurate information on the illegal street drug supply.

Project duration: June 15, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 907,134
Regional Municipality of York Training Youth Allies to Engage Youth and Young Adults to Talk about Cannabis

The project will engage agency partners, youth and young adults on evidence-informed information on cannabis use; educate and train youth and young adults to become ‘youth allies’ while utilizing evidence-informed information on cannabis use. 

Project duration: September 29, 2020 to September 30, 2022

Cannabis Newmarket, Ontario 193,600
River Stone Recovery Centre River Stone Recovery Centre

This initiative offers a pharmaceutical alternative to toxic, illegal methamphetamine and opioids. The project offers individualized care plans, flexible medical appointments, oral and injectable opioid agonist therapy, a pharmaceutical alternative to stimulants and other social and health services.

Project duration: March 20, 2020 to March 31, 2024

Opioids and methamphetamines Fredericton, New Brunswick 2,413,768
Sagamok Anishnawbek A renewed vision

This initiative proposes to establish a “Cannabis Core Group”, comprised of professionals and representatives from different age groups, to develop policies and programs focusing on cannabis education in the community.

Project duration: September 21, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Cannabis Massey, Ontario 562,500
Saskatchewan Health Authority Opioid stewardship program

This initiative will engage primary care providers to implement strategies to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing.

Project duration: December 12, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Regina, Saskatchewan 2,360,153
Schizophrenia Society of Canada Cannabis and psychosis: Explore the link - Promoting informed decision making for youth

This initiative will educate young Canadians about the mental health risks associated with cannabis use by maximizing reach and engagement with the "Cannabis and psychosis: Exploring the link" website.

Project duration: March 27, 2019 to May 15, 2022

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 999,350
Simon Fraser University Systematic and regular updating/revisions and expansions of Canada’s ‘Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines’ (LRCUG)

Update and revision of the LRCUG; including the scientific basis and key knowledge translation products, as a preeminent population health tool to reduce cannabis use related health risks among Canadians. 

Project duration: September 16, 2019 to August 31, 2022

Cannabis Vancouver, BC 1,202,880
Simon Fraser University - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Towards a comprehensive performance measurement system for Opioid Use Disorder in British Columbia

This initiative will develop a comprehensive, rigorously defined set of health system performance measures for People With Opioid Use Disorders.

Project duration: June 6, 2018 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 1,295,355
Simon Fraser University - Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Building capacity and moving to consensus: A Canadian dialogue on a public health approach to drugs

This initiative will build decision-makers' capacity to implement health promotion and harm reduction systems and increase national awareness of drug related issues by facilitating community dialogues and creating knowledge translation tools.

Project duration: March 21, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Multiple substances Vancouver, British Columbia 2,314,862
Six Nations of the Grand River Cannabis Education Plan

This project will share culturally appropriate public education on cannabis use targeting youth and young adults to help community members make informed decisions. 

Project duration: December 29, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Cannabis Ohsweken, Ontario 822,463
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Pot, pills and women: Equipping Canada's women's health care providers to care for their patients in the era of the opioid crisis and cannabis legalization

This project will expand dissemination of information on cannabis and opioid use to equip women's health care providers with the information to recognize risk factors, screen for substance use and manage patients across the reproductive span. It will include a public education and awareness campaign about cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Project duration: January 10, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Multiple substances Ottawa, Ontario 1,486,290
Somerset West Community Centre Opioid overdose peer prevention and response

This project will train harm reduction peer workers who will provide proactive outreach in non-traditional environments to identify, engage and build capacity for safer practices with the most isolated members of the substance using community who use alone and in unsafe conditions.

Project duration: June 6, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Ottawa, Ontario 1,320,132
South Riverdale Community Health Centre Downtown East collaborative safer opioid supply

This project will help people with opioid use disorder who are at a greater risk of overdose and other harms related to the toxic illegal drug supply.

Project duration: June 25, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Toronto, Ontario 4,285,092
St. Leonard’s Community Services Inc. Brantford Downtown Outreach Team

This initiative will provide mobile on-the-spot peer support, harm reduction supply distribution, primary care services, and substance use and mental health counselling. The outreach team will target 200 to 300 people experiencing homelessness, who are precariously housed and/or street involved, and those using substances alone or who are disconnected from services in downtown Brantford.

Project duration:  April 27, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Brantford, Ontario 790,995
St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS The best practices in oral opioid agonist therapy (BOOST) collaborative

This initiative will bring together professionals providing oral opioid agonist therapy services to increase the use of best practices in order to improve treatment and care.

Project duration: May 17, 2018 to  September 30, 2021

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 662,824
St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver - BC Centre on Substance Use Drug checking as a public health response to toxic street drug supply

The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use will develop and implement drug checking program sites in Vancouver, Surrey and Kamloops for People Who Use Drugs to test street drugs in real-time.

Project duration: February 7, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 2,972,596
St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver - BC Centre on Substance Use BC-Yukon Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) provider network

This initiative will develop an Opioid Agonist Treatment provider network to address the need for evidence-based addiction treatment with particular focus on rural and remote providers.

Project duration: January 10, 2019 to November 30, 2021

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 933,931
Street Health Community Nursing Foundation The Doorway

This project will recruit, train, and provide job placements for people with lived or living experience (PWLLE) of substance use to be gainfully employed as harm reduction workers. The trainees will participate in a two-year harm reduction professional development-training program to become harm reduction educators. They will also participate in the development and the leading of a short-term training and mentoring program for PWLLE.

Project duration:  April 27, 2021 to March 23, 2023

Opioids Toronto, Ontario 526,430
Students Commission of Canada Influence in action: National youth leadership on tobacco

This initiative will adapt and deliver a program aimed at reducing tobacco use among 750 youth aged 12 to 24 across 15 communities representing all provinces and territories.

Project duration: May 21, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Tobacco Toronto, Ontario 270,330
Tri County Women's Centre Rural truth matters: A coordinated approach to reducing harm from substance use in rural areas

This project will provide a rural perspective on substance use, with cannabis education and substance use support groups. This includes groups for adults and adolescents waiting or discharged from provincial/regional services, and those whose substance use needs can be addressed in a group setting.

Project duration: August 16, 2018 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Yarmouth, Nova Scotia 967,381
Union of Ontario Indians (Anishinabek Nation) Anishinabek Cannabis Strategy

This project proposes to promote cannabis education, awareness and harm reduction through the development and implementation a two-year strategic plan. 

Project duration:  September 29, 2020 to September 15, 2022

Cannabis North Bay, Ontario 555,000
Unity Health Toronto - Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital A multi-site street drug checking pilot project to prevent overdose

This initiative will evaluate drug checking services in Toronto as a means of increasing the personal safety of People Who Use Drugs, enhance surveillance of the illegal street drug market and build evidence on the effectiveness of drug checking in harm reduction settings.

Project duration: February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2023

Opioids Toronto, Ontario 2,142,115
University Health Network Dissemination and implementation of Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes (ECHO) for chronic pain and opioid use disorder in Canada

This project will further educate community-based primary health care providers in underserved and remote regions of Canada in the treatment of pain.

Project duration: January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023

Chronic pain Toronto, Ontario 893,342
University Health Network Transitional pain and opioid safety program: Improving pain and opioid practices for complex chronic pain patients following surgery

This project will explore the national expansion of an existing successful pain management program implemented in five Ontario hospitals.

Project duration: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023

Chronic pain Toronto, Ontario 682,648
University of British Columbia (UBC) Risk Assessment and Management Platform (RAMP)

This initiative will create an online platform to help people who use opioids and their support networks to identify risk factors for overdose and manage high risk behaviours.

Project duration: March 21, 2019 to February 28, 2022

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 1,277,829
University of British Columbia (UBC) Trauma at the root: Exploring paths to healing with Formerly Incarcerated Men (FIM)

This initiative will engage FIM to explore the relationship between trauma and substance use to inform policies, programs, and practices. The intended impact is to decrease the risk for problematic substance use and support the successful reintegration of FIM.

Project duration: March 11, 2019 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Vancouver, British Columbia 558,180
University of British Columbia (UBC) ROAR (Reducing Overdose and Relapse): Concurrent attention to neuropsychiatric ailments and drug addictions

This initiative supports treating severely addicted and mentally ill individuals. Studies will analyze severe concurrent disorders to gain knowledge about critical subgroups (e.g., women, LGBTQ2S, people from rural and remote areas, homeless and Indigenous people) and monitor the transitions from inpatient treatment to community living.

Project duration: March 22, 2019 to January 31, 2024

Multiple substances Vancouver, British Columbia 1,599,565
University of British Columbia (UBC) Monitoring drug impaired driving in Canada

This initiative will scale up a successful drug impaired driving monitoring project, adding additional trauma centres across Canada which will monitor the prevalance of  alcohol, cannabis and other drugs and identify trends as well as demographic and regional patterns of drug use in injured drivers.

Project duration: June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2022

Multiple substances Vancouver, British Columbia 1,361,356
University of Saskatchewan A PAWSitive support program for veterans with PTSD and who problematically use substances

This initiative will modify the current AUDEAMUS service dog program to include intervention for problematic substance use with a peer support component. An evidence-informed resource toolkit and forum for knowledge exchange with service dog organizations will be developed and disseminated across Canada.

Project duration: September 1, 2019 to September 30, 2022

Multiple substances Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 845,662
University of Saskatchewan An interprofessional model for chronic pain opioid management

The University of Saskatchewan's project aims to test an innovative interprofessional approach that offers the pain management/opioid tapering and educational services currently provided by specialist physicians in chronic pain clinics to patients in Saskatchewan who are at high risk for opioid related harm and unintentional overdose. The approach includes having family physicians/nurse practitioners refer patients to a pharmacist, instead of a speciality pain clinic.

Project duration: December 5, 2019 to October 31, 2022

Chronic Pain Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1,723,853
University of Toronto Designing youth vaping cessation interventions

The project aims to develop, pilot, evaluate and scale-up interventions for youth and young adults vaping cessation. The intervention will be based primarily on an existing smoking cessation app with additional interventions.

Project duration: September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022

Tobacco Toronto, Ontario 1,305,068
University of Victoria - Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research BC Communities Substance Use Observatory: Monitoring and informing public responses to drug use

This initiative will develop a stakeholder-informed provincial network of people to generate and report timely and actionable evidence on substance use, related harms, costs, structural vulnerability and community responses to reduce substance-related harms. The network will include people who use substances and their families, community service providers, regional health authorities, and the provincial government.

Project duration: June 24, 2019 to March 31, 2025

Multiple substances Victoria, British Columbia 1,901,357
University of Victoria - Department of Chemistry Implementing innovations in drug checking: A harm reduction pilot in response to drug overdose

This initiative will implement drug checking services by integrating data surveillance and evaluating different drug checking devices and technologies.

Project duration: May 29, 2018 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Victoria, British Columbia 1,700,963
University of Waterloo Youth vaping: nicotine dependence, cessation, and the evolving vaping market

The project will conduct research on youth aged 16 to 19 on tobacco and vaping use. The goal is to better understand youth vaping and ultimately inform vaping policies.

Project duration: August 6, 2019 to July 31, 2022

Tobacco Waterloo, Ontario 1,129,588
University of Waterloo - COMPASS Shaping the direction of youth health across Canada by expanding the COMPASS study to new jurisdictions

The initiative will evaluate how changes in school-related programs, policies, or resources impact behaviours among youth. This work is helping to implement the best ways to prevent substance use among youth in Quebec, British Columbia and Nunavut schools.

Project duration: January 3, 2017 to December 31, 2021

Multiple substances Waterloo, Ontario 1,862,667
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Safer Alternative for Emergency Response (SAFER) Initiative

The project will deliver a safer supply program that will prescribe pharmaceutical-grade opioids to people most at risk of overdose. The initiative will focus on those who have been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder and who have not been helped by traditional substance use services and treatments. The long-term project will also assist in connecting patients to primary care, mental health and addiction services, and social supports, including housing/income stabilization, education and employment. In addition, the project will contribute valuable evidence to support the development of best practices for safer supply programs in Canada.

Project duration: July 23, 2020 to March 31, 2024

Opioids Vancouver, British Columbia 4,980,000
Vancouver Island Health Authority Tablet Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment (TiOAT) in a small urban community

This innovative project will provide pharmaceutical-grade medication as an alternative to the toxic illegal drug supply for people in Cowichan Valley who have not responded to other forms of treatment for opioid use disorder.

Project duration: June 29, 2020 to March 31, 2024

Opioids Cowichan Valley, British Columbia 1,999,195
Whitefish River First Nation Growth from knowledge - Whitefish River First Nation

This initiative will deliver a community-based cannabis public education and awareness framework targeting youth, young adults and adults aged 13-39 both on and off reserve.

Project duration: August 15, 2019 to March 31, 2022

Cannabis Birch Island, Ontario 785,878
YMCA of Greater Toronto Youth Cannabis Awareness Program

This project seeks to address the gap in cannabis related harm reduction and education for youth by increasing youth knowledge and skills with respect to prevention and reduction of cannabis use.

Project duration: August 7, 2020 to March 31, 2023

Cannabis Toronto, Ontario 2,450,000
EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society) Addictions Support and Employment at EMBERS East Side Works

This project will provide rapid access, long-term addictions care to people who have gained employment through the EMBERS Eastside Works program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and are now ready to address their addictions in order to maintain their employment and stabilize their overall lives. Eastside Works is a low-barrier income generation hub pilot program that finds suitable work for individuals, most of whom live with substantial substance use and mental health issues. Key activities would include the provision of evidence-based treatment such as opioid agonist treatment, group therapy, and ongoing case management.

Project duration:  April 19, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Vancouver, British Columbia 368,960
Grenfell Ministries National Overdose Response Service (NORS)

Grenfell Ministries, in partnership with the Universities of Calgary and Alberta and BRAVE technology co-op, have created a toll-free National Overdose Response Service for individuals who use drugs alone. The portion of the initiative funded by SUAP will serve to enhance this service by: 1) building a custom-designed system, 2) supporting the development of guidelines for using technology-based harm reduction services that will be developed in conjunction with the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) and 3) evaluating the initiative.

Project duration: April 23, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Calgary, Alberta 1,922,760
Grenfell Ministries C.O.A.C.H (Community Outreach Action Collaborative Hamilton)

A number of community agencies will be collaborating to provide immediate assessment and case management outreach and support services to individuals in Hamilton that are being discharged from court or detention centers with a one day sentence or time served.  A team consisting of an outreach worker, peer support worker and nurse or social worker will provide navigation and referral support to improve access to community services such as restorative justice, peer support, housing support services, basic income services and wellness services. An at-home detox and withdrawal service will be offered, targeting people who are ready to detox but cannot access available beds. The at-home service will include at-home withdrawal kits and access to outreach counselling, peer support, health professional services and connection to ongoing, supporting community services.

Project duration: April 19, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Opioids Hamilton, Ontario 813,960
Sanguen Health Centre Wellington County Community Health Van

The project will operate a mobile community health van in Wellington County (Guelph, ON and 6 surrounding rural/agricultural municipalities), providing ‘curbside’ access to health and social services to residents who have traditionally been marginalized due to their drug use, mental health, poverty and/or HIV or Hep C status. Health and harm reduction services provided from the van will include overdose prevention training, Naloxone distribution, needle exchange, basic wound care, nursing care, delivery and medical follow-up, STBBI testing and treatment, immunization, basic need enhancement (food, clothing, hygiene support), mental health crisis support, access to emergency psychiatric consultations as well as referrals for health and social supports.

Project duration:  May 4, 2021 to March 31, 2023

Multiple substances Waterloo, Ontario 548,464
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