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Drug Treatment Funding Program

The DTFP currently provides $66 million over five years to provincial/territorial governments and other key stakeholders to assist in strengthening illicit drug treatment systems. To learn more click here.

National Anti-Drug Strategy

In 2007, the federal government introduced the National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) to provide a focused approach to reducing the demand for and supply of illicit drugs, as well as addressing the crime associated with illegal drugs, leading to safer and healthier communities. This strategy is carried out under three action plans, one of which is the Treatment Action Plan that emphasizes, among other priorities, the need for effective treatment services to better treat illicit drug problems, and help those in need.

The Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) under the Treatment Action Plan

On April 28th, 2008, the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) was announced as part of the Treatment Action Plan under NADS. The delivery of treatment services and systems is primarily the responsibility of provincial/territorial (P/T) governments.

The DTFP currently provides $66 million over five years to provincial, territorial (P/T) governments and other key stakeholders to assist in strengthening treatment systems.

Support for treatment systems is designed to help P/Ts and key stakeholders make improvements to drug treatment systems by investing in activities that facilitate the implementation of evidence-informed practice, performance measurement and evaluation, and the linking and sharing of knowledge.

Investment in these areas ensures that much needed systems development work can be carried out to advance and enhance P/T program delivery so that Canadians are assured of receiving the most efficient and effective care possible.


Stratégie nationale antidrogue

En 2007, le gouvernement fédéral a adopté la Stratégie nationale antidrogue (SNA) afin d’avoir une approche ciblée de réduction de la demande et de l’offre de drogues illicites et s’attaquer à la criminalité qui est associée à ces drogues, pour ainsi rendre les collectivités plus sûres et plus saines. Un Plan d’action sur le traitement a été élaboré dans le cadre de la Stratégie, plan qui insiste, notamment, sur le besoin de mieux prendre en charge le problème des drogues illicites quand il se pose et d’aider les personnes dans le besoin.

Le Programme de soutien au financement du traitement de la toxicomanie dans le cadre du Plan d’action sur le traitement

Le 28 avril 2008, dans le cadre du Plan d’action sur le traitement de la SNA, le Programme de soutien au financement du traitement de la toxicomanie (PSFTT) a été annoncé. La responsabilité d’offrir des services et des systèmes de traitement en toxicomanie est d’abord celle des provinces et des territoires.

Le PSFTT met actuellement à la disposition des gouvernements provinciaux et territoriaux ainsi que d’autres intervenants clés, 66 millions de dollars sur une période de cinq ans, pour aider à renforcer les systèmes de traitement.

Le soutien des systèmes de traitement est conçu pour aider les provinces et les territoires ainsi que les intervenants clés à améliorer les systèmes de traitement de la toxicomanie en investissant dans des activités qui facilitent la mise en œuvre de la pratique fondée sur des données probantes, la mesure du rendement et l’évaluation, et la liaison et le partage des connaissances.

L’investissement dans ces domaines donne la garantie que le développement des systèmes peut être effectué et ainsi faire progresser et améliorer la prestation des programmes provinciaux et territoriaux afin que les Canadiens soient assurés de recevoir les soins les plus efficients et les plus efficaces qui soient.

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National Projects

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Development of needs-based planning models for substance use services and supports in Canada

This project aims to develop and pilot test a model for estimating the required capacity of substance use treatment services based on population needs. The model will improve the ability of [...] Learn more

Enhancing youth-focused, evidence-informed treatment practices through cross-sectoral collaboration (national youth screening project)

This project aims to achieve the following goals: Phase 1 (complete): Develop cross-sectoral networks in 10 communities across Canada to implement a common screening tool [...] Learn more

Promoting an evidence-based approach to system development

This project aims to support the implementation of recommendations from the Systems Approach to Substance Use in Canada report through: The Systems Approach Workbook, an on-line workbook with information and tools to support organizational and system development; The SystemAction [...] Learn more


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This project aims to achieve the following goals: Engage stakeholder organizations and service providers who work with high-risk youth and young adults in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary; Enhance the substance abuse-related competencies of service providers who are in contact [...] Learn more

British Columbia

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Strengthening substance abuse treatment systems: Evidence-based system change using a comprehensive change management model

The purpose of this project is to build tools, relationships, and processes for addiction knowledge exchange (KE) that will facilitate the implementation and support of [...] Learn more


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Manitoba aboriginal training project

This is a school-based intervention project geared toward enhancing drug and alcohol prevention in communities by training facilitators from 20 communities across the province. [...] Learn more

Strengthening treatment systems in Manitoba

Central Intake: To standardize and centralize the intake process — bringing common process to agencies across the system including standardized screening and admission criteria with [...] Learn more

Together we can

This project is developing enhancements for early intervention for substance use among youth at-risk (age 12-24) with the goal of increasing early utilization of programs to address harms or use. [...] Learn more

New Brunswick

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Integrated service delivery model in New Brunswick

This project aims to assess the fidelity of an integrated service delivery (ISD) model and to identify areas of strength and challenge related to the framework implementation. The project is built on a [...] Learn more

Strengthening treatment systems initiative – improving practices in addiction services

The overall goal of New Brunswick’s Strengthening Treatment Systems Initiative is to strengthen the evidence-informed substance abuse treatment system. Objectives are: To ensure the integration of best and promising practices in addiction within [...] Learn more

Newfoundland and Labrador

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Choices drug treatment service for youth in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

This project aims to enhance outreach services to at-risk youth in St. John’s To enhance capacity of treatment services to address substance abuse needs and to reduce the harm associated with problematic substance use. [...] Learn more

Strengthening treatment systems

This project aims to conduct a systematic review of relevant literature on “best practices” in the targeted areas (provincial standards, guidelines for withdrawal management, and guidelines for concurrent disorders treatment) and [...] Learn more

Northwest Territories

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Youth treatment project

This project aims to research and develop a treatment model and framework for youth with substance use issues in the Northwest Territories. To train and support staff at the community, regional and residential treatment level. [...] Learn more

Nova Scotia

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Enhancing early intervention services for at-risk youth

The overall goal of this project is to expand and strengthen the capacity of Addiction Services in Guysborough-Antigonish Strait Health Authority to provide outreach, early intervention, and community linkages for at-risk youth and youth who are harmfully involved with substances. The specific [...] Learn more

Supporting treatment services for at-risk youth in Cape Breton

In 2010, the Health Promotion and Prevention Department with Mental Health and Addiction Services, Cape Breton District Health Authority (CBDHA), received funding through Health Canada’s DTFP for a pilot project to address gaps in existing services for at-risk [...] Learn more


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Nunavut’s substance use program for youth outreach counselors

This project aims to achieve the following goals: Train and retain three Inuit Youth Outreach Counselors, who will build a skills base that will stay in the territory; Develop outreach and educational strategies that will reach Inuit youth who are abusing or at risk of [...] Learn more


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Addiction supportive housing evaluation project

This project is a systemic evaluation of a supportive housing program targeted to people with problematic substance use that will be used to develop and implement best practices and service standards or guidelines for supportive housing. Note that due to reduced timelines, looked at promising [...] Learn more

Addiction treatment data elements and provincial service categories project

This project aims to review mandatory data elements and provincial services categories currently collected by Ontario’s addiction treatment data system (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Information System, or DATIS) to ensure the integrity of each element, its [...] Learn more

Best practice screening and assessment procedures project

This project aims to develop and implement pilot test a revised new protocol for the standardized screening and assessment of clients entering the addictions treatment system in Ontario. [...] Learn more

Choices: “From at-risk to at-promise”

This project aims to achieve the following goals: Engage local health service providers to offer an effective, strength-based, prevention and early-intervention program for youth who are at risk of or using illegal substances and [...] Learn more

Client recovery monitoring project

This project aims to develop and assess the feasibility of a client outcome monitoring system (model and measures). [...] Learn more

Client satisfaction/perception of care project

This project aims to develop and pilot test a measure of client satisfaction/perception of care that can be used by a wide range of adult and youth substance abuse and mental [...] Learn more

Costing of substance use services project

This project aims to develop a protocol for producing reliable and valid measures of cost-based performance for addictions that recommends standardized procedures and methods for generating reliable and valid cost-ratios for [...] Learn more

Developing guidelines for trauma informed practices in women’s substance use services

This project aims to develop guidelines to support addiction workers working with women who have a history of trauma. To read the project report [...] Learn more

Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)

This project promotes the use of evidence in decision-making by providing an infrastructure to connect evidence with mental health and addictions stakeholders across Ontario. EENet supports the knowledge exchange needs [...] Learn more

Peer support services: Best practices

This project aims to look at best practices in peer support that would assist a current system of support to function in a more coordinated and integrated approach. It would assist in acknowledging peer support as a viable component [...] Learn more

Residential support services evaluation project

This project aims to conduct an evaluation of residential support services that will be used to develop and implement best practices and service standards or guidelines. [...] Learn more

Youth services system review project

This project aims to achieve the following goals: Phase 1 – Complete a review of the continuum of addictions services available to youth (ages 12‐24) in Ontario, identifying gaps and opportunities for [...] Learn more

Prince Edward Island

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Strengthening early intervention services for youth substance use in Prince Edward Island

This project aims to achieve the following goals: Reach out to community groups and organizations who interact with at-risk youth; Develop partnerships and networks; Raise awareness and understanding about youth substance use and addiction issues among community groups and organizations; Expand/enhance the availability of [...] Learn more

Strengthening Prince Edward Island’s addiction services system

This project aims to achieve the following goals: Improve access to and use of knowledge and evidence in planning and development of programs and services for individuals receiving addiction services; Strengthen PEI’s capacity to participate in and contribute to inter-jurisdictional research, planning, policy, and [...] Learn more


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Projects of the Government of Québec concerning addiction treatment under the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP)

The goals of the projects are to: develop new collaborations between the community resources and intersectoral partners [...]  Learn more

Projets du gouvernement du Québec relatifs à la toxicomanie dans le cadre du Programme de soutien au financement du traitement de la toxicomanie (PSFTT)

Les buts des projets sont de: développer de nouveaux liens de collaboration entre les ressources du milieu communautaire et les partenaires intersectoriels […]  Learn more


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Strengthening substance abuse treatment systems

This project supported 17 relatively small projects up until the end of 2012-13. Aboriginal cultural knowledge exchange: Two packages and facilitator guides for conducting experiential Aboriginal cultural awareness workshops; Mental health and addiction evaluation [...] Learn more


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Yukon alcohol and drug services systems, standards and evaluation project

This project aims to implement evidence-informed practice and achieve the following goals: Strengthen detoxification and treatment services by developing and implementing documented standards; Strengthen evaluation and performance measurement; Further develop program evaluation and performance measurement capacity. [...] Learn more