Substance Use and Addictions Program

Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) provides $26.3 million annually to support evidence-informed and innovative initiatives across the health promotion continuum for substance use prevention and treatment, targeting a broad range of licit and illicit substances including cannabis and prescription drugs.

SUAP continues to deliver activities under  the former Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund and the former Drug Treatment Funding Program. Projects funded under the two previous programs continue until the end of their respective agreements. Newly funded initiatives must be consistent with the objectives and criteria of the current contribution funding program.

Mandate

The program supports the National Anti-Drug Strategy Prevention and Treatment Action Plans' mandate by funding initiatives to:

  • prevent substance abuse issues
  • encourage improvements to treatment systems
  • improve awareness, knowledge and skills of stakeholders

Health promotion and prevention projects include:

  • school-based and peer support programs
  • outreach
  • development and implementation of training programs and resource materials
  • sharing of best practices

The majority of the current health promotion and prevention funded projects target youth ages 10 to 24. They contribute to reducing illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse in Canada. Other prevention projects focus on new and safer ways to improve prescribing practices. This is specifically for opioids and other drugs that pose a high risk for abuse or addiction. These projects contribute to improving prescriber education by developing and enhancing guidelines, training and tools.

Current treatment projects support sustainable improvement in the quality and organization of Canada's substance abuse treatment systems. This helps provinces, territories and other organizations address both illicit and prescription drug abuse. This also helps provide evidence-based programs to support people on the road to recovery.

Find descriptions for current prevention and treatment projects funded by this program.

Expected results

Expected results of the program include:

  • uptake of evidence-informed information on substance abuse by relevant stakeholders
  • reduced risk-taking behaviours associated with substance abuse among target populations
  • increased efficiency and effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs, services and systems
  • increased awareness and understanding among target populations of substance abuse and its negative consequences

Eligible recipients

  • Canadian not-for-profit health organizations including:
    • hospitals
    • regional health councils
    • community health organizations
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations and registered not-for-profit charitable organizations (preference is given to organizations that have dealt with substance abuse issues before)
  • Canadian institutions including:
    • universities
    • school boards
    • other educational centres in Canada
  • Canadian business associations
  • Other levels of government including:
    • provinces
    • territories
    • municipalities
    • their agencies
  • Off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations
  • Other organizations whose work supports program objectives, including those that address drug issues in their communities

Individuals, for-profit groups and Crown corporations are not eligible for funding.

Applying for funding

Applicants can apply for funding through open or directed calls for proposals. Funding guidelines outlining the application requirements are made available during the call for proposals. Invitations to submit applications are either sent by email by the program or announced on the program’s website.

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