Two new anticipatory Calls for Proposals related to problematic substance use

On July 17, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new anticipatory Calls for Proposals. These calls are informed by feedback we have received from stakeholders, including people with lived and living experience of past or current substance use, through the 2018 Opioid Symposium and the recent public consultation on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Strategy.

Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) will fund projects in three streams: 1. Harm reduction, community-led and front-line initiatives;  2. Increasing access to pharmaceutical grade medications as a safer alternative to the contaminated illegal drug supply; and 3. New approaches  that address problematic methamphetamine use.  Applications for funding must be submitted by Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. More information, including detailed Guidelines for Applicants, can be found here: Substance Use and Addictions Program. If you have questions regarding this Call for Proposals, or you would like to request an application form, please contact

Separately, the Public Health Agency of Canada will fund projects that use evidence-based approaches to reduce barriers to care for people who use drugs. Letters of Intent must be submitted by August 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. More information can be found here: Pathways to Care. If you have questions regarding this Call for Proposals, please contact with the subject line: LOI Pathways to Care.

We invite you to review the Guidelines for Applicants for each Call for Proposals and encourage interested, eligible organizations to apply. It is anticipated that funding decisions for these two Calls for Proposals will be made later this winter, with projects beginning shortly after.

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