Public Health Agency of Canada announces funding to help frontline workers communicate the health and safety facts about cannabis
The Public Health Agency of Canada will play an important role in Canadians’ choices about the use of cannabis. Tools and resources developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Western Ontario, and Health Nexus will further strengthen the capacity of health professionals, educators and service providers to communicate with Canadians on the impacts of cannabis use.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
“The projects announced today demonstrate the Government’s public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis. These projects will ensure that public health professionals, education stakeholders and community service providers are well-equipped to provide Canadians with credible and evidence-based information to help them make informed decisions about cannabis.”
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is receiving $99,000 in funding to develop and implement tools, resources and training materials for health professionals on the evidence and recommendations from its Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines.
The University of Western Ontario is receiving $99,000 in funding to scale up and develop resources to inform education sector professionals about existing school-based interventions designed to prevent and minimize the risks and impacts associated with problematic cannabis and substance use among youth 11 to 18 years old.
Health Nexus is receiving $25,000 in funding to adapt resources for frontline community service providers, to help them to engage their clients in discussions to prevent and reduce the harms of cannabis use during preconception, pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting.
Budget 2018 committed $62.5 million over five years to support community-based organizations, and Indigenous organizations in educating their communities on the risks associated with cannabis use. This is in addition to the previously announced investment of $46 million over five years to support public education, awareness and surveillance activities.
Office of Ginette Petitpas Taylor
inister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
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