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Substance Abuse and Addictions Program (SUAP)




Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) provides approximately $50 million annually in grants and contributions funding annually to other levels of government, community-led and not-for-profit organizations to respond to drug and substance use issues in Canada.

The SUAP provides funding for a wide range of evidence-informed and innovative problematic substance use prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives across Canada at the community, regional and national levels. Initiatives target a range of psychoactive substances, including opioids, stimulants, cannabis, alcohol, nicotine and tobacco.

Submissions must target one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Stream 1 – Harm reduction, Community-led and Front-line Initiatives
    – Funding range from $100,000-$300,000 per year.
  • Stream 2 – Increasing Access to Pharmaceutical-Grade Medications
    – Funding range from $500,000-$1,500,000 per year.
  • Stream 3 – New Approaches to Address Problematic Methamphetamine Use
    – Funding range from $100,000-$150,000 per year.

Eligible Applicants

The following types of organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit health organizations including hospitals, regional health councils and community health organizations;
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations and registered not-for-profit charitable organizations;
  • Canadian institutions including universities, boards of education and other centres of education in Canada;
    other levels of government including Indigenous, provinces, territories and municipalities, and their agencies; and
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations.

Eligible Expenses

  • Personnel salaries and benefits; goods and services of contractual personnel
  • Travel and accommodation (consistent with the National Joint Council’s Travel Directive)
  • Materials and supplies
  • Audit, evaluation, and performance measurement
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Rent, utilities, and equipment
  • Meeting expenses
  • Grants related to further distribution of funding and awards/honoraria
  • Human resources
  • Governance
  • Information technology and knowledge management
  • Training costs and learning opportunities
  • Other specific expenses not included in the categories above as identified by the Deputy Head of Health Canada to achieve funding results

Deadline Date

  Closed. Applications already received will be retained for consideration, with potential funding after April 1, 2020. Future deadlines to be determined.
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