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About CCSA

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse was created by Parliament to provide national leadership to address substance use in Canada. A trusted counsel, we provide national guidance to decision makers by harnessing the power of research, curating knowledge and bringing together diverse perspectives.

  • Our Vision: a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use.

  • Our Mission: to address issues of substance use in Canada by providing national leadership and harnessing the power of evidence to generate coordinated action.

Together with our partners, we are working to improve the health and safety of Canadians. We will achieve this goal by nurturing a knowledge exchange environment where research guides policy and evidence-informed actions enhance effectiveness in the field.

For our legislative foundation, see the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Act. For our beginnings, read the interview with CCSA’s founding chair, H. David Archibald.

To learn about recent achievements, view our annual report.

Learn more about our leadership team, staff, career opportunities and our work.