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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Policy Brief

Standing Committee on Health: Canada’s Health Workforce Brief (Policy Brief)


A version of this document was submitted to the Standing Committee on Canada’s Health Workforce in May 2022.

Explores how to improve the capacity and success of the healthcare system by improving care of its human resources, the healthcare professionals themselves. Identifies the unique situation and special consideration needed for Canada’s mental health and substance use health service providers. These dedicated professionals are addressing dual health emergencies: the COVID-19 pandemic and toxic drugs (commonly referred to as the opioid crisis but involving much more than just one substance). Also looks at harm reduction workers as a subset of the MHSUH group who face additional, compounding challenges.

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