14 July 2017

From April 4-5, 2017, a multidisciplinary team of scholars convened Canada’s Drug Futures Forum in Ottawa, on traditional Algonquin territory. The goal of the Forum was to bring together academics, policymakers, and community leaders to document priorities for Canadian drug policy in the coming decade. This Forum reflects and builds upon rapid drug policy reform in Canada, and makes a concerted effort to include divergent voices and positions on this issue.

This report synthesizes the dialogue generated from the speaker panels and keynote presentations, as well as the recommendations generated by Forum participants. It also documents some of the areas where dissent was voiced or agreement could not be reached. The recommendations that emerged from the Forum have been presented within five domains:

  1. national drug policy reform;
  2. criminal justice reform;
  3. prevention, harm reduction, and treatment;
  4. research and knowledge exchange; and
  5. international leadership.

Recommendations have been framed as opportunities to generate policy or amend existing policies in each of the five domain areas. For each recommendation, an appropriate timeline is identified. Recommendations have been framed as opportunities to generate policy or amend existing policies in each of the five domain areas. For each recommendation, an appropriate timeline is identified.

Read the summary of report and recommendations
Read the full report

A webinar launching the report will be held on Friday, July 14 from 1-2 PM EDT
and will include a presentation of report highlights, comments from respondents, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and discuss next steps. Those interested can register for the webinar here.

Organized by scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb, the forum was supported by several partners including the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Jennifer Peirce

Jennifer Peirce (criminal justice, City University of New York) is exploring how prison governance reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last twenty years have influenced detention conditions and rehabilitation initiatives.

2015 Scholars

Ayden Scheim

Ayden is researching how marginalization impacts transgender people’s health in order to find strategies for intervention at the social and policy levels.

2014 Scholars

Claudia Stoicescu

Ms. Stoicescu is investigating the trigger elements of sexual and injection-related HIV risk behaviours among women who use drugs and marginalized women in Indonesia.

2014 Scholars

Meaghan Thumath

Meaghan Thumath (social policy and intervention, University of Oxford) is a public health and outreach nurse seeking to understand the effects of child removal on marginalized women in Canada.

2015 Scholars

Daniel Werb

Daniel is an epidemiologist and policy analyst with expertise working in the fields of HIV, addictions, and drug policy.

2012 Scholars