Webinar series: Implications of COVID-19 on public health and substance use in Canada

Over the coming months, CCSA's new webinar series will explore the implications of COVID-19 on public health, highlighting work in the area of substance use and COVID-19 across sectors in Canada. The pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on public health across Canada, including substance use and access to healthcare services and supports.

Space is limited for these webinars. 

Upcoming Webinars

Urgent Guidance Documents Related to COVID-19

Date: Monday September 14, 2020

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EST

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At the request of the Government of Canada, the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) rapidly developed six national guidance documents that address the urgent needs of people who use substances, as well as service providers and decision makers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar provides an overview of the guidance documents. Please note, the guidance provided in the documents is subject to change as new information becomes available and the pandemic and public health responses evolve over time. The six documents are available on CRISM’s COVID-19 page.


  • Dr. Cam Wild, Professor and Principal Investigator, Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse

The Implications of COVID-19 on Substance Use and Mental Health – A Public Health Perspective

Date: Monday September 28, 2020

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST

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In this panel discussion webinar, experts will provide a local and provincial perspective on the response to substance use and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will explore the implications of the pandemic response on substance use and mental health, as well as the response measures that were taken, lessons learned and recommendations as pandemic restrictions across Canada begin to lift.


  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia
  • Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health


For information and resources on COVID-19 and substance use, including past webinars, visit CCSA's COVID-19 resource centre.

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