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Influencing Public Policy Centre for Addiction
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Influencing public policy

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 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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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.


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 organizations 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.



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