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

The Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction is hosting a new webinar series on the "Implications of COVID-19 on Public Health in Canada".

Over the coming months, the 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 far-reaching impacts on public health across Canada, including substance use and access to healthcare services and supports.

Space is limited for these webinars.

Upcoming webinars

COVID-19 and Alcohol

Date: August 5, 2020

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EST

How much are people drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are Canadians drinking more alcohol than usual and, if so, are they doing it more often? This webinar will shed light on alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation will also highlight resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19.  

Register now.


  • Dr. Catherine Paradis, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Dr. Bryce Barker, Knowledge Broker, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine and Withdrawal Options

Date: August 11, 2020

Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EST

This webinar will explore the impact of COVID-19 on access to addiction medicine and withdrawal options. More details to be released soon. 

Register now.


  • Dr. Ginette Poulin, Clinical Lead, Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Illegal Drug Supply

Date: August 17, 2020 

Time:1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EST

This webinar will explore how regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are inadvertently contributing to an increasingly toxic illegal drug supply and how this shift has both increased health harms and created policy opportunities. Presentations will highlight different perspectives, including systems-level epidemiology data, findings from a local drug checking program and experiences shared by people who use drugs.

Register now.

  • Dr. Jane Buxton, Physician Epidemiologist and Harm Reduction Lead, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Karen McDonald, Operations Manager, Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation
  • Matthew Bonn, Safe Supply and Drug Policy Consultant, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs


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

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