Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

An Act of Parliament created the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) in 1988 as a non-governmental organization to provide national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.

We provide guidance to decision makers through harnessing the power of research, collecting and organizing knowledge, and bringing together diverse perspectives. The organization holds a unique position through developing different partnerships with not-for-profit associations, government agencies — especially public health and law enforcement — and industry. A volunteer board of directors governs the Centre.

CCSA reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health. Four strategic directions guide the Centre’s activities:

  • Creating and sustaining partnerships to mobilize individual and collective efforts;
  • Fostering a knowledge exchange environment where evidence and research guide policy and practice;
  • Developing evidence-informed actions to enhance effectiveness in the field; and
  • Fostering organizational excellence and innovation.
Secondary Body

CCSA ensures that our areas of focus align with CCSA’s Strategic Framework and Values. We also consult with our partners and others in the substance use field to identify:

  • National priorities listed in the National Framework for Action                  
  • Gaps in knowledge and practical resources
  • Evidence-informed solutions

Our areas of focus include the following substances and issues.

Substances and Addiction:

Health and Public Safety:

People and Communities:

Data Trends:


CCSA ensures that our areas of focus align with CCSA’s Strategic Framework and Values. We also consult with our partners and others in the substance use field to identify:

  • National priorities listed in the National Framework for Action                  
  • Gaps in knowledge and practical resources
  • Evidence-informed solutions

Our areas of focus include the following substances and issues.

Substances and Addiction:

Health and Public Safety:

People and Communities:

Data Trends:

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