CAMH’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020: tomorrow.today, re-affirms our commitment to advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs of people with mental illness, including addictions. As one of the six pillars of this plan, CAMH is committed to “Driving Social Change” by communicating evidence-based public policy to stakeholders and policymakers. Our policy positions are developed in collaboration with a range of experts including scientists, clinicians, educators and people with lived experience.
Highly sweetened alcoholic beverages: Joint submission to Health Canada
Health Canada is proposing to amend the Food and Drug Regulations to restrict the amount of alcohol in single-serve highly sweetened alcoholic beverages. In this joint submission, CAMH and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, the Ontario Public Health Association, and the Canadian Cancer Society offer four recommendations.
Bill 6, Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018: Submission to The Standing Committee on Justice Policy
In this submission, CAMH outlines our support for Bill 6, Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018. We also offer two recommendations to improve the experience of people with mental illness, including addictions, in the province’s correctional facilities: creating a separate health care entity for correctional facilities under the direction of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care; and ensuring that connections to the social determinants of health are central to release planning.
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.
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.
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