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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Implications of COVID-19 Webinar Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on public health in Canada, including substance use and access to healthcare services and supports.


CCSA’s new webinar series explores the implications of COVID-19 on public health, highlighting work in the area of substance use and COVID-19 across sectors and across the country. You can expect to hear a variety of perspectives from leading experts spanning topics from harm reduction, stigma, domestic violence, adverse childhood events and youth.

Be sure to bookmark this page for updates to our webinar schedule and to view recordings of past webinars.

Spaces for each webinar are limited so register early to secure your place.

Past Webinars

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

Date: September 28, 2020, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST 

In this panel discussion webinar, experts provided federal, provincial and local perspectives on the response to substance use and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. They explored 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. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia
  • Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health

This webinar was presented in English. A version with French subtitles will be available soon.

Guiding Youth Through COVID-19: A Webinar for Youth Allies

This webinar, delivered in partnership with Alberta Health Services, explored the experiences of youth during COVID-19. Topics covered included the implications for substance use and mental health, mental health literacy, guidance for providing youth with mental health support and harm reduction messaging during the pandemic and beyond. This webinar was intended for parents, teachers, coaches, counsellors, healthcare professionals and anyone in a position to support and nurture open discussions with youth about substance use and mental health.


Anna Goodman, Research and Policy Analyst, CCSA
Andrew Baxter, Project Lead for the Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project, Alberta Health Services

This webinar was presented in English. A version with French subtitles will be available soon.

Download the transcript

Download the French translation 

COVID-19 and Alcohol

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 explored alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation highlighted resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19.


  • 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

This webinar was presented in English and French. The French version is available on the French web page.

Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine and Withdrawal Options

Addiction... haunted by stigma, harms and trauma. This webinar explored underlying issues with substance use disorders and helped attendees to understand their complexity and treatment from an evidence-based lens. It also focused on the impacts of COVID-19, withdrawal considerations and advancements in delivery of care during these uncertain times, including the Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine model.

Speaker: Dr. Ginette Poulin, Medical Director, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

This webinar was presented in English. A version with French subtitles will be available soon.

The Effects of COVID-19 on the Illegal Drug Supply

This webinar explored 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 highlighted different perspectives, including systems-level epidemiology data, findings from a local drug checking program and experiences shared by people who use drugs.


  • 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

This webinar was presented in English. A version with French subtitles will be available soon.

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