Apply to run a supervised consumption site: Contact us for help

Contact us for help

Should you have any questions at any point in the application process, please contact us at 613-954-8287 or hc.exemption.sc@canada.ca.

How to submit your application

An application can be sent:

By email: hc.exemption.sc@canada.ca

By mail:

Authorizations Division
Office of Controlled Substances
Controlled Substances Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
161 Goldenrod Driveway, AL0300B
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K9

Privacy notice

The personal information you provide to Health Canada is governed in accordance with the Privacy Act.  The collection of your personal information is authorized under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This information will be used to process your application for a Section 56 exemption for medical purposes under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a supervised consumption site. This information may be used to provide reports to management. The information may also be used for research, planning, audit and evaluation purposes. In limited and specific situations, your personal information may be disclosed without your consent to law enforcement or in accordance with subsection 8(2) of the Privacy Act. Failure to provide the requested information may result in a refusal to process the application. This personal information collection is described in Info Source, available online at oic-ci.gc.ca. In addition to protecting your personal information, the Privacy Act gives you the right to request access to and correction of your personal information. For more information about these rights, or about our privacy practices, please contact Health Canada‚Äôs Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator at atip-aiprp@hc-sc.gc.ca. You also have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if you think your personal information has been handled improperly. 

This application form is intended for those looking to be exempted from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) for the purpose of operating a supervised consumption site for a medical purpose.

As per the CDSA, section 56.1 states that an application for an exemption shall include information regarding the intended public health benefits of the site and information, if any, related to;

  1. the impact of the site on crime rates;
  2. the local conditions indicating a need for the site;
  3. the administrative structure in place to support the site;
  4. the resources available to support the maintenance of the site; and
  5. expressions of community support or opposition.

A completed application form will provide elements for each of the above provisions of the CDSA.

Exemptions are issued in the form of a letter and include terms and conditions, as well as expressly setting out activities that can be conducted at a SCS.

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