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Canada announces funding for awareness about Cannabis health and safety

Public Health Agency of Canada is announcing an investment of $223,000 for three organizations to support frontline workers in informing Canadians about cannabis health and safety.


Government Press Release 13 Jun 2018, 09:13 PM Canada
  • Canada has some of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. (Image Credit: Instagram)

New cannabis public education projects will support health professionals, education stakeholders and community service providers.

The current approach to cannabis does not work. Canada has some of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, especially among youth and young adults.

That’s why the Government of Canada introduced Bill C‑45, the proposed Cannabis Act, to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.

Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada is announcing an investment of $223,000 for three organizations — the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Western Ontario, and Health Nexus — to support frontline workers in informing Canadians about cannabis health and safety.

These organizations will develop public education tools and resources for public health professionals, education sector stakeholders (such as educators, school counsellors, school and school board administrators), and community service providers.

Evidence-based tools and resources developed through these investments will help inform Canadians who may be at greater risk, such as children and youth, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, about the health effects of cannabis and will help prevent problematic substance use.

The Government of Canada continues to accept proposals from community-based and Indigenous organizations for projects that respond to specific public education and awareness needs related to cannabis.

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