Three Toronto-based organizations will receive $4.1 million in funding
TORONTO,Oct. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act will come into force, marking a significant milestone in the Government of Canada's commitment
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health John Oliver announced more than $4.1 million in funding under Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program. These investments will support three Toronto-based organizations in raising awareness of the health effects of cannabis and the dangers of drug-impaired driving.
Partnerships like these with community-based organizations and educators allow the Government of Canada to reach specific audiences with information on the health and safety risks of cannabis use. This collaborative approach helps build common knowledge about cannabis and its effects on health and safety.
"By working together, we can maximize the reach of our cannabis public education initiatives to raise awareness and educate Canadians—particularly youth and young adults—about the health and safety risks of cannabis use, including drug-impaired driving. Partnerships like the ones announced in Toronto today are integral to our public education efforts to give Canadians the information they need to make informed decisions about cannabis."The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Our Government is excited to partner with these three Toronto-based organizations to help provide youth with the information they need to remain healthy and safe once cannabis is legalized and regulated in Canada."John OliverParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health
"As we move closer to recreational cannabis legalization in Canada, it is vital that more public education and awareness happen. Springboard looks forward to providing evidence informed, youth approved programming on the issue."Marg StanowskiExecutive Director, Operation Springboard
"Ophea is pleased to be able to support Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP), by ensuring educators and intermediaries in Ontario, and across Canada, have access to the classroom tools, knowledge and training they need, to support children and youth in making healthy decisions related to cannabis, both pre, and post legalization."Chris MarkhamOphea Executive Director and CEO
"St. Stephen's Community House's SOAR: The Culture Shift Project is responding to the identified need for culturally specific peer led interventions that address the harms associated with early and regular cannabis, and prescription drug use as coping mechanisms among youth. Led by a team of trained and supported Peer leaders with lived experience, this initiative will engage youth to creatively explore their own risk factors and co-create alternative coping strategies. This initiative will result in youth being better equipped with the knowledge and skills to make the best informed choices for themselves and their health, and will result in a community of health for youth to seek support."Bridget SinclairDirector of Community Services, St. Stephen's Community House
Backgrounder: Supporting Communities and Partners Across Canada in Leading Cannabis Public Education InitiativesGovernment of Canada to invest in cannabis education and awarenessCanada.ca/cannabis: health and safety facts on cannabis use
SOURCE Health Canada
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