Health Canada: Substance Use and Addictions Program Call for Proposals


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Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP)

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Substance Use and Additions Program - Call for Proposals


Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit applications to support evidence-informed and innovative health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives to address substance use issues related to legal and illegal psychoactive substances.

The SUAP is a federal contributions program, delivered by Health Canada that provides financial support to provinces, territories, non-governmental organizations and key stakeholders to strengthen responses to drug and substance use issues in Canada. Addressing the challenges posed by these issues requires leadership and collaboration across jurisdictions. Health Canada places a priority on working with partners to promote innovation and the adoption of best practices; improved effectiveness, efficiency and accountability within health and related systems; and, national approaches to issues and priorities.

SUAP funding supports evidence-informed and innovative initiatives across health promotion, prevention, harm reduction, treatment and rehabilitation, targeting a broad range of legal and illegal substances including opioids, alcohol, cannabis, prescription drugs, and tobacco.


SUAP supports collaboration between substance use programs and services and other sectors inclusive of mental health, primary care, urgent care, justice, education, and others.  

The following types of organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Canadian not-for-profit health organizations including hospitals, regional health councils and community health organizations;
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations and registered not-for-profit charitable organizations;
  • Canadian institutions including universities, boards of education and other centres of education in Canada;
  • other levels of government including provinces, territories and municipalities, and their agencies; and
  • Off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations.
  • On-reserve First Nations organizations may also be considered, subject to consultation with Indigenous Services Canada.

Individuals, for-profit groups and Federal Crown corporations are not eligible for funding under the SUAP.

Applicants for funding should include multi-sectoral or multi-agency collaboration that could include:

  • collaborating organizations with expertise in the areas of substance use health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and/or treatment;
  • organizations with expertise in public health; and
  • evaluators or researchers with an understanding of substance use health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and/or treatment and translating research into practice and practice into policy.

Applicants should demonstrate the following organizational and collaboration capacities:

  • understanding of the complexity of health and social issues related to substance use issues;
  • experience engaging with populations who face heightened risks of substance use issues;
  • previous experience in developing and maintaining collaborations in multi-sectoral or multi-agency initiatives; and
  • compatibility between the mandates of collaborating organizations.  

Primary partners must have a defined and active role in the initiative.

Indirect Costs

While some expenditures related to administrative fees may be considered eligible, Health Canada may place limits on administrative fees expressed as a percentage of the total value of the initiative.

Please consult with Health Canada on the appropriate percentage of indirect costs/overhead to include in your proposed initiative.

Project Duration

Initiatives can be a minimum of one year in duration and a maximum of five years. The recommended duration is two to three years.

Special Notes

This CFP is intended to solicit initiatives that are local, regional, provincial/territorial, and/or national in scope. In terms of scope and reach, preference may be given to comprehensive initiatives that involve multiple communities and/or multiple provinces and territories.

Stacking Provisions
Applicants must disclose all sources of funds received for the proposed initiative, including funding from Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, other federal departments, other levels of government, charitable or not-for profit foundations or organizations, and private sector companies. Applicants are also required to report to Health Canada any additional funds received to support the initiative or to augment activities of the initiative during the course of the initiative. This applies to funding from all sources.

Matched/Other Sources of Funding
Applicants are encouraged to and will be assessed on their ability to obtain financial contributions from partners outside of Health Canada. Organizations submitting an application must be prepared to secure this funding at the time that they submit a proposal for funding.

A specific matched funding ratio is not required. Final determination of the appropriate level of other funding for any particular initiative rests with Health Canada.

Other funding for cost-sharing of the initiative activities can be secured in a variety of ways, including leveraging initiative costs from other sources/partner(s) or monetary contributions from organizational fundraising.

Focus on Results
To achieve greater accountability for results, proposals will only be considered where funding can be linked to measurable results. Applicant organizations should demonstrate that they have the ability to achieve and demonstrate results.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a copy of your signed OR-5, along with the full application package, including budget, to the Office of Research Services at a minimum of one-week prior to your anticipated submission to Health Canada. 

There is no deadline for this Call for Proposals process. Under this invitation, funding applications will be accepted by Health Canada on a continual basis. Note that funding will be subject to budgetary and program considerations.


For Questions, please contact

To obtain additional information about this invitation to submit an application, please contact Health Canada by email at:

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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