Agreement Raises Canadian Investment in Substance Abuse Treatment

"The opioid crisis continues to have a profound impact on thousands of people and their families across the country. I am pleased that we have signed this agreement with the government of British Columbia to help accelerate access to treatment services," said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada's minister of Health.

Canada's federal government and the government of British Columbia announced they have signed an agreement under the government of Canada's new Emergency Treatment Fund that will provide $71.7 million — $33.98 million from the government of Canada and $37.76 million from British Columbia — to increase access to quality treatment services for substance use disorder.

The opioid crisis is a national public health crisis in the country, with opioid overdoses killing nearly 4,000 Canadians in 2017. Without increased access to effective, evidence-based treatment options, people with substance use disorder will continue to be at risk for overdose, according to Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada's minister of Health, and Judy Darcy, minister of Mental Health and Addictions in British Columbia.

The funding includes investments in youth services provided by Foundry, which offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services, and support; expanding injectable opioid agonist treatment; supporting treatment beds; investing in "hope" initiatives designed to improve local-level capacity to connect individuals with the treatment options appropriate to their unique needs; developing strategies to enhance and improve treatment services; and more.

"The opioid crisis continues to have a profound impact on thousands of people and their families across the country. I am pleased that we have signed this agreement with the government of British Columbia to help accelerate access to treatment services. With the Emergency Treatment Fund, our government is helping to ensure that innovative and comprehensive treatment options are available for Canadians who want and need them. I look forward to signing the remaining bilateral agreements in the coming months," said Taylor.

"Today's agreement with the federal government will help to save lives as we continue to work together to combat the overdose crisis," Darcy said. "In British Columbia, we are escalating our response to this crisis every single day. Lives are being saved every day at overdose prevention sites, by connecting people to treatment, by expanding the available treatment options, and by training more prescribers. We will continue to build a system where people who need help can receive it quickly and where addiction is no longer treated as a moral failure tainted by shame, but as the health issue that it is."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue