Apply to run a supervised consumption site: After you apply

Step 4. After you apply

If the application does not contain sufficient information, the applicant will be notified.

Once the application has sufficient information to move to the review stage, Health Canada will notify the applicant. A detailed assessment of the application will begin and, if necessary, additional information or clarification will be sought.

Once all information is received, the application is considered complete and moves to the decision stage. At this stage, Health Canada will take a decision and either:

  • issue an exemption with appropriate terms and conditions; or
  • issue an intent to refuse containing the reason for refusal.

If an exemption application is approved, an exemption document will be issued containing any required terms and conditions, including data collection requirements. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions could result in compliance and enforcement action by Health Canada, up to and including revocation of an exemption.

If Health Canada intends to refuse an application, the applicant will be notified of the intent to refuse with the reasons for refusal. The applicants will be provided an opportunity to submit additional information or reasons that the refusal may be unfounded. Final refusal and reasons for the refusal will be posted on Health Canada’s website.

Health Canada will always conduct an inspection before the site offers services to the public. However, the Department may issue an exemption before an inspection takes place if a supervised consumption site is not fully constructed, thereby removing any uncertainty surrounding the applicant’s investment of funds in the renovation process.

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