Substance Use and Addictions Program Call for Proposals 2023


Via Substance Use and Addictions Program Call for Proposals 2023: Guidelines for applicants


Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) provides contribution funding to other levels of government and to community-led and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Health Canada is committed to funding projects that promote diversity and inclusion. Projects that discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, religion, creed, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status or disability will not be considered for funding. Through contribution funding, Health Canada supports other organizations to undertake activities in the interests of Canadians. Recipients of contribution funding are expected to provide certain deliverables and work towards specific outcomes. Recipients are also required to report regularly (minimum of two reports per annum) to Health Canada.

SUAP provides time-limited funding for a wide range of innovative and evidence-informed projects including substance use prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives across the country. Projects target a range of substances, including opioids, stimulants, cannabis, alcohol, nicotine and tobacco, at the community, regional and national levels.

Through this 2023 national call for proposals (CFP), SUAP will fund projects that address substance use issues across the continuum of care.


SUAP principles

The following underlying principles must be considered in your application for SUAP funding, regardless of the priority selected:

The rationale for the proposed intervention and the specific communities or populations targeted, activities and strategies are supported by evidence or, for more innovative initiatives, based on a clearly articulated and plausible theory of change. Evidence can include data, research evidence, project evaluations, oral accounts from elders, testimonials of people with lived and living experience.

Involving People with Lived and Living Experience (PWLLE)
Initiatives include people with lived and living experience of past or current substance use in the development and implementation of projects and reflect the diversity of who is affected by substance use.

Initiatives model a person-centered approach, promote stigma-free language and messaging and actively support the reduction of fear, stigma, misinformation and misunderstanding at the community level. Stigma leads to discrimination, which prevents people from accessing the services and supports they need. Language used in all sections of the application form must be consistent with the recommendations contained in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s publication Communicating about substance use in compassionate, safe and non-stigmatizing ways and The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction’s Overcoming stigma through language: A primer.

Collaborative and connected
Initiatives demonstrate commitment from partner organizations. Partners can be from multiple disciplines and sectors (for example, health and social services) and types (such as, non-profit, Indigenous, governmental, academia). Initiatives have appropriate support and connections to provincial and territorial health systems and, where possible, complement existing local, regional, provincial or territorial level initiatives.

Equity, diversity and inclusion
Initiatives practice equity, diversity and inclusion. Initiatives listen to people who use substances who come from diverse communities, including:

  • Indigenous;
  • racialized or marginalized communities.

Initiatives ensure people who use substances who come from diverse communities have their voices, concerns and issues inform the work.

Culturally safe
Initiatives demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of health, social and historical context of Indigenous peoples, and strategies to improve cultural safety and to promote reconciliation in the delivery of programs.

Gender, diversity and trauma-informed
Initiatives recognize that gender and other demographic factors are relevant to:

  • the prevalence and patterns of substance use;
  • the types of substances used;
  • the physical impact of particular substances used;
  • the subpopulations affected;
  • the social context of use;
  • access to and outcomes of harm reduction and treatment programming.

Initiatives recognize the impact of violence and trauma on people’s lives and health, including substance use, and integrate this knowledge into all aspects of practice and programming.

Reduce harms
Initiatives aim to support individuals who use substances to live safer and healthier lives and reduce the health, social, and economic impacts of substance use harms (for example, injury, disease transmission, crime, overdose or death) at the individual and community level. The focus is on reducing the risk of overdose, death, disease transmission and other harms by providing safer forms of use.


Application process

Submitting your application is a 3-step process:

Step 1: Complete your application form
Step 2: Attach your proof of eligibility
Step 3: Submit your complete application


Send your complete application electronically 11 AM Pacific time on November 22, 2023.

For complete information on the fund and the appplication process, please visit Substance Use and Addictions Program Call for Proposals 2023: Guidelines for applicants page on the Government of Canada website.