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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.

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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.

May 2017

Excise taxes on alcohol: Letter to two parliamentary committees

The federal government's Bill C-44 (the Budget Implementation Act) contains a provision that would increase the excise duty rates on alcohol products by 2% and automatically adjust them annually using the Consumer Price Index as of April 2018. In this letter, CAMH and several other organizations and individuals express support for this measure.

Joint response to the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy

In this document, CAMH and other organization put forward recommendations for the future of tobacco control in Canada.

E-cigarettes: Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

On April 10, CAMH's Dr. Peter Selby provided expert testimony to a Senate committee examining Bill S-5, which would amend the Tobacco Act to regulate the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion of vaping products.

April 2017

CAMH responds to federal cannabis bill

As Canada’s leading academic health science centre specializing in addiction and mental health, CAMH has long advocated for reform of Canada’s system of cannabis control. In 2014 we released a Cannabis Policy Framework, which called for cannabis to be legalized and regulated using a public health approach. CAMH is pleased that the federal government has moved forward and introduced legislation emphasizing principles of public health in its approach to legalization.
Many important decisions, including the minimum age for legal purchase, levels of taxation and pricing, the design of the distribution system, and the details of advertising and promotion restrictions are still to be determined, and these decisions and their implementation will involve different levels of government. CAMH encourages all levels of government to apply a health lens to their preparations for a legal and carefully regulated cannabis market and to move quickly to educate the public about the risks associated with cannabis use, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

March 2017

Toronto Overdose Action Plan: Submission to the Board of Health

As Toronto struggles with an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths, action from all levels of government will be needed. CAMH welcomes the development and introduction of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan.

Alcohol and Caffeinated Energy Drinks: Submission to the Board of Health

In this submission, CAMH lends its support to the recommendations made by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health for dealing with the issue of caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol.   


February 2017

Ontario's Basic Income Consultation: Joint response from CAMH and the Empowerment Council

The Ontario government recently held consultations on the implementation of a Basic Income Pilot in Ontario. CAMH and the Empowerment Council jointly provided input.

January 2017

Poverty Reduction Strategy: CAMH submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

In December 2016, CAMH’s Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos presented to the federal committee in charge of making recommendations on Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. This submission compliments that presentation.




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