Minister Dosanjh Announces Funding in British Columbia to Address Women's Substance Abuse and Addictions

Wednesday, July 28 2010

VANCOUVER, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh today announced the contribution of more than $270,000 to the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health for their national project, Coalescing On Women's Substance Use Issues: Linking Research, Practice and Policy. The funding for this project is delivered under the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund (DSCIF).

"This project represents a comprehensive and unique national model for addressing substance abuse," said Minister Dosanjh. "It involves collaborative research, knowledge sharing, and consensus building across divergent groups, with the aim of developing and implementing a women-centred health approach to address women's substance use and addictions across Canada."

"I am pleased to hear that Health Canada has announced funding for Women's Health issues in Vancouver Kingsway" said David L. Emerson, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway and Minister of Industry. "This program is going to work diligently to curb the problem of Women's substance abuse issues."

The project represents a partnership between the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and the Canadian Women's Health Network, with the shared goal of building consensus on better practice and policy related to women's substance abuse and addictions in Canada. The two-and-a-half year initiative involves the engagement of participants in videoconferencing learning forums, disseminating research through webcasts as well as traditional print-based materials, and the development of a shared database for posting documents reflecting discussions and recommendations.

This project is among a number of national, regional and community projects to be considered for funding through the DSCIF, following a call for proposals in January 2005. As other projects are approved, they will be announced in the coming months.

The funding is part of Minister Dosanjh's August 30, 2005 national announcement of the Government of Canada contributions over the next three years for national, regional and community initiatives aimed at addressing substance abuse in Canada. The total funding in that national announcement includes $29 million under the DSCIF.


The DSCIF funding program is part of Canada's Drug Strategy.

This strategy supports initiatives aimed at addressing the harms associated with alcohol, other drugs and substances using a four-pillar approach of prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction. Funding for the DSCIF was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

For more information about the project, Coalescing On Women's Substance Use Issues: Linking Research, Practice and Policy, please contact the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health: (604) 875-2066.

To learn more about the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund, visit:

To learn more about the harmful effects of substance use and abuse, visit Canada's Drug Strategy website:


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