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Exciting Announcement: New CAMH.CA website is launching late April 2018

Influencing Public Policy Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Influencing public policy

CAMH’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020:, re-affirms our commitment to advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs of people with mental illness and addictions. As one of the six pillars of this plan, CAMH is committed to “Driving Social Change” by playing a leading role in transforming society’s understanding of mental illness and addiction and building a better mental health care system. CAMH aims to be a champion for health equity, social justice and inclusion for those with mental illness and addiction. To help achieve these goals, CAMH communicates evidence-based policy advice to stakeholders and policymakers.

What's new:

March 2018

Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act): Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

In this submission, we commend the federal government for its approach to cannabis legalization and draw attention to one remaining and significant area of concern: controls on advertising and promotion. 

December 2017

Income Security Roadmap: Letter to the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services

In October, the Ministry of Community and Social Services released a report called Income Security: A Roadmap for Change. The report was developed by 3 working groups on behalf of the Ministry.  The Roadmap outlines major investments and improvements to Ontario’s social assistance system. The attached letter expresses CAMH’s support for the vision, principles and recommendations outlined in the Roadmap.   

Bill 174 (cannabis regulation in Ontario): Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy

The provincial government has introduced Bill 174: the Cannabis, Smoke
-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act. Bill 174 is an excellent start towards regulating cannabis in Ontario. In this document, we provide recommendations on the remaining areas where we believe it can be improved. 

October 2017

Medical Assistance in Dying for mental illness: Policy advice

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) for mental illness is an extremely complex topic that impacts CAMH’s patients, their families, as well as physicians and staff. For the past two years, the CAMH MAiD working group has deliberated on this issue with a range of experts. Our Policy Advice on Medical Assistance in Dying and Mental Illness paper outlines CAMH’s thinking on the issue and recommends that the government not amend MAiD legislation for people with mental illness as their sole medical condition at this time.

August 2017

Cannabis legalization in Ontario: Submission to the Ministry of the Attorney General

Legalization of cannabis, combined with strict health-focused regulation, provides an opportunity to reduce the risks and harms associated with its use. In this submission we offer recommendations on several areas of regulation under provincial jurisdiction including retail and distribution, minimum age, impaired driving, places of use, and home cultivation.

Reforms to the impaired-driving regime of the Criminal Code: Submission to the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

CAMH is pleased that the Government of Canada is proposing to lower the criminal blood alcohol concentration from the current 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml to 50 mg per 100 ml. Although Canada’s current legal limit of 80 mg has had an important and positive effect on road fatalities, scientific evidence now indicates that hundreds more fatalities might be prevented each year by government action to lower the blood alcohol concentration limit to 50 mg.


June 2017

Bill C-37 (opioids and harm reduction): Letter to provincial and territorial health ministers

Bill C-37 is intended to facilitate the scaling up of supervised consumption services across Canada. In this letter, CAMH and several partner organizations urge provincial and territorial health ministers to take further steps to address the opioid crisis.




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