July 22, 2021 | Winnipeg, Manitoba | Health Canada
The opioid overdose crisis is a serious public health crisis that continues to affect families and communities across Canada. Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the ongoing overdose crisis, with many jurisdictions having reported record high rates of harms, including deaths, throughout 2020 and into 2021. The federal government continues to focus on providing communities across Canada with the support they need to improve the quality of life of people who use drugs and to protect and save lives.
In recognition of the communities and families that continue to grapple with the opioid overdose crisis, and increasing substance use amongst Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the launch of the 2021 national call for proposals (CFP) for Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). As part of the Budget 2021 investment of $116 million, Health Canada, through this call for proposal, is continuing to build up successful community-based programs that can help prevent, treat, and/or reduce the harms associated with opioids, stimulants, alcohol, prescription drugs, and other substances that have a high risk of problematic use.
These projects help improve health outcomes for Canadians who are at a higher risk of experiencing substance-related harms and overdose, or who may face barriers to accessing existing services. Projects that leverage the expertise of people with lived and living experience with substance use, and/or are able to reach priority populations in Canada, such as young and middle-aged men; Indigenous peoples and communities; people experiencing chronic pain; youth; LGBTQ2 individuals; and rural and remote communities, are particularly encouraged to apply for funding. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit project proposals intended to serve these communities. Applications will be accepted until September 24, 2021.
Problematic substance use and Canada’s opioid overdose crisis require collaboration from all levels of government, as well as partners, stakeholders, people with lived and living experience of substance use, and community organizations across the country. The federal government remains committed to a collaborative, comprehensive, compassionate, and evidence-based approach to addressing the worsening opioid overdose crisis and continues to build on actions taken to date.