Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for


Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for



Federal government funding proposals to address the opioid crisis and problematic substance use

Call for proposals opened to reduce stigma, pilot best practices and build capacity within local service providers 

Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, highlighted that the Government of Canada is investing $50 million and currently accepting applications through Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) and $3.5 million through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Pathways to Care program. Applications will be accepted until September 26 and August 30, respectively.

Monsef hosted a roundtable this morning to collaborate on the best ways for Peterborough to access this available funding. Representatives from PARN, Peterborough Public Health, the Peterborough Police Service, and Canadian Mental Health Association were in attendance, as well as Mayor Diane Therrien, City of Peterborough, and Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis, Selwyn Township, who hosted an opioid summit in Peterborough on July 11.

The meeting included in-depth discussions surrounding breaking down negative stigmas, the need for supportive housing and increased data collection, pilot projects where cannabis is being used as a chronic pain medication, and how trauma and burnout for front-line workers and families is a significant component that is sometimes overlooked.

“The conversation this morning was heavy, heartfelt and uplifting,” said Monsef. “We are so fortunate to benefit from such a strong, compassionate and resilient care sector in our community. Whether you’re taking the courageous steps to move ahead or providing the care, we salute you. We appreciate you and will continue to work with you. Thanks too for the reminder that the most basic, easy step we can all take together is to be kind.”

The SUAP funding applications can be a maximum of 51 months in duration, meaning sustainable funding organizations can rely on.

This call for proposals is to enhance the response to the opioid crisis and other emerging issues, such as methamphetamines. Under this call for proposals, funding will be provided to projects in three streams: (1) harm reduction, community-led and front-line initiatives; (2) increasing access to pharmaceutical-grade medications; and (3) new approaches to address problematic methamphetamine use.

“This morning we discussed best practices like those seen to work in Vancouver. We discussed the grief, trauma and healing involved in the work. We discovered more to appreciate about the incredibly resilient and effective network of expertise locally,” concluded Monsef. “With their wisdom and hard work, I am confident that Peterborough will put forward a strong application with smart solutions for a problem that affects too many Canadians.”


Quick Facts

  • The SUAP and Pathways to Care call for proposals are part of $76.2 million in new funding to take immediate and targeted action to scale up key lifesaving measures, mitigate the impacts of the illegal drug supply, and address the increasing use of methamphetamines.
  • Today’s announcement builds on Budget 2019 that committed $30.5 million over five years, with $1 million ongoing, to expand access to safer alternatives to the illegal drug supply and support better access to opioid overdose response training and naloxone in underserved communities.
  • The additional $76.2 million brings the total recent investment to more than $100 million, including $30.5 million from Budget 2019. These investments include:
    • $41.8 million to scale up key life-saving measures in underserved communities,
    • $33.6 million to mitigate the impacts of the illegal drug supply, and
    • $31.3 million to identify and address emerging drug threats, and the growing use of methamphetamines.
  • Through Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced a $150 million Emergency Treatment Fund. Agreements have now been signed with all provinces and territories. In January 2019, the governments of Canada and Ontario signed a bilateral agreement, committing more than $102 million to help increase access to evidence-based treatment services for people with substance use disorder in the province.
  • In August 2018, the Good Samaritan Law received Royal Assent providing an exemption from charges of simple possession of a controlled substance as well as from charges concerning a pre-trial release, probation order, conditional sentence or parole violations related to simple possession for people who call 911 for themselves or another person suffering an overdose, as well as anyone who is at the scene when emergency help arrives.
  • In May 2017, Bill C-37 received Royal Assent closing gaps in the Government’s enforcement toolkit by amending the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), the Customs Act and the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance Act to prevent the uncontrolled import into Canada of devices that can be used to manufacture illicit drugs, such as pill presses and encapsulators, and to provide authority to officers at the border to open packages weighing 30 grams or less.
  • The latest national data indicates that 11,577 apparent opioid-related deaths occurred between January 2016 and December 2018.


Associated Links

Federal Actions on Opioids