Harm Reduction and Substance Use Resources

The following programs and organizations are where we get our information from, or work with towards our mission.

Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program: OHRDP
OHRDP co-ordinates the distribution of harm reduction supplies to Needle Syringe Programs through a licensed distributor. Through the distribution of sterile, single-use equipment and better knowledge transfer we can help communities stay safer and healthier.

The carrynaloxONe Toolkit
Developed by the Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN) with support from the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), this toolkit helps Ontario Public Health Units (PHU) in carrying out their mandate, under the Harm Reduction Program Enhancement Initiative funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, to support eligible community based organizations in distributing naloxone to clients.

The Opioid Resource Hub
The Opioid Resource Hub (ORH) supports system level change in the area of opioid use and addiction. Our overarching goal is to support an evidence-informed mental health and addictions system leading to the reduction of opioid-related harms in Ontario. We build capacity in health care providers; empower people with lived experience to share their stories as a form of evidence; and develop evidence-informed knowledge exchange resources and events. ORH is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Public Health Ontario
Public Health Ontario (PHO) keeps Ontarians safe and healthy. With our partners in government, public health and health care, we prevent illness and improve health. We provide the scientific evidence and expert guidance that shapes policies and practices for a healthier Ontario. PHO has locations across Ontario, including 11 laboratory sites.

The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN)
ODPRN is a collaboration of established researchers from across Ontario that was formed to rapidly respond to policymakers’ needs for relevant research to guide and inform their decisions. We have the capacity to generate scientifically sound evidence related to real-world drug utilization, safety, effectiveness, and costs of drugs in Ontario, and have developed partnerships that allow us to engage in cross-provincial comparisons of drug safety and utilization. Our researchers have expertise in pharmaceutical utilization, outcomes, economics, and drug-policy research.

Alliance for Healthier Communities
The Alliance for Healthier Communities is Ontario’s voice for community-governed primary health care. We represent 107 community-governed primary health care organizations. Our membership includes Ontario’s Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics.

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO)
AMHO is a network of over 220 members in Ontario working together to build a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care. Members provide a range of community-based addiction and mental health services and supports that help Ontarians with their recovery.

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition is comprised of over 70 organizations and 3000 individuals working to support the development of a drug policy for Canada that is based in science, guided by public health principles, is respectful of the human rights of all, and seeks to include people who use drugs and those harmed by the war on drugs in moving towards a healthier Canadian society.

Understanding opioids |
Information provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


HIV and HCV Programs and Resources

CATIE strengthens Canada’s response to HIV and hepatitis C by bridging research and practice. They connect healthcare and community-based service providers with the latest science, and promote good practices for prevention and treatment programs.

Oahas mission is to provide culturally respectful and sensitive programs and strategies to respond to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among Aboriginal people in Ontario through promotion, prevention, long-term care, treatment and support initiatives consistent with harm reduction.

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH)
GMSH is a network of AIDS service organizations, whose mission is to support its members in building their own capacity, and the capacity among other service providers in their communities, to offer sexual health, HIV, and other services that meet the needs of cis- and trans-gender gay, bisexual, queer, two spirit and other men who have sex with men in Ontario.

The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)

ACCHO provides leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS in African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario. We are a provincial coalition of organizations and individuals committed to HIV prevention, education, advocacy, research, treatment, care and support for African, Caribbean and Black communities.

Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI)
WHAI is a community-based response to HIV and AIDS among cis and trans women in Ontario that takes into account the structural and societal factors that increase women’s risk factors for HIV. This initiative, located in 16 AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) throughout the province,

The AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO)
ABRPO collaborates with organizations to build worker, agency and community resiliency in the face of AIDS-related multiple loss and transition.

The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN)
The OAN is a coalition AIDS Service Organizations and AIDS Service Programs who work collectively to provide a just, effective response to HIV and AIDS, improve life for people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, and prevent the spread of the virus.

PASAN is a community-based prisoner health and harm reduction organization that provides support, education and advocacy to prisoners and ex-prisoners across Canada.

The Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)
CAAT is committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV who are facing access barriers related to their status using the tools of education, training, research, service coordination and advocacy.

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)
OHTN is a non-profit network whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people living with and at risk of HIV by using data and evidence to drive change. The OHTN works collaboratively with their network partners to gather and analyze data, conduct targeted high-impact research and support their partners in the HIV sector and beyond to use the best available data and research evidence to improve HIV prevention and care.

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)
HALCO is a charitable not-for-profit community-based legal clinic that provides free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario, Canada.

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)  
CAAN provides a National forum for Aboriginal Peoples to holistically address HIV and AIDS, HCV, STBBIs, TB, Mental Health, aging and related co-morbidity issues.