An Act of Parliament created the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) in 1988 as a non-governmental organization to provide national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.
We provide guidance to decision makers through harnessing the power of research, collecting and organizing knowledge, and bringing together diverse perspectives. The organization holds a unique position through developing different partnerships with not-for-profit associations, government agencies — especially public health and law enforcement — and industry. A volunteer board of directors governs the Centre.
CCSA reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health. Four strategic directions guide the Centre’s activities:
- Creating and sustaining partnerships to mobilize individual and collective efforts;
- Fostering a knowledge exchange environment where evidence and research guide policy and practice;
- Developing evidence-informed actions to enhance effectiveness in the field; and
- Fostering organizational excellence and innovation.
- National priorities listed in the National Framework for Action
- Gaps in knowledge and practical resources
- Evidence-informed solutions
Based on consultation with partners and to ensure our evidence is accurate and inclusive, we have proudly committed to fully integrating sex- and gender-based analysis+ into our work.
Our areas of focus include the following substances and issues.
Substances and Addiction:
- Prescription drugs
- Substance Use in Canada
- Treatment, Support and Recovery
Health and Public Safety:
People and Communities:
- Adverse Childhood Experience
- Lived and Living Experience
- National Addictions Awareness Week
- Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis+
- Youth and Emerging Adults