Health Canada - Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF)

Health Canada, through the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF), contributes to reducing illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse primarily among youth ages 10 to 24 by funding health promotion and prevention projects.

Meaningful youth engagement is considered essential for success in designing and implementing a project. Projects must show measurable results in the prevention or reduction of illicit drug use among youth.

Projects focus on:

  • Informing and educating on illicit drugs and prescription drug abuse and their adverse health and social effects;
  • Offering tools to foster resiliency and coping skills among youth; and,
  • Promoting healthy behaviours and supportive environments that discourage drug use among young people.

Projects take place at the national, provincial, territorial, and local community level and can include a wide range of activities such as school-based and peer support programs and outreach. Project activities can also include development and distribution of resource materials as well as sharing best practices.

For more information on the DSCIF, please visit the Health Canada official Web site.

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