Toronto Public Health has initiated a process to request an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for the possession of all drugs for personal use (also referred to as decriminalization). The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is administered at the federal level by Health Canada and regulates the possession, distribution and sale of illegal drugs in Canada.
If approved, a decriminalization request for the City of Toronto would mean an exemption from criminal penalties for the possession of drugs for personal use within the City of Toronto's boundaries.
This request is based on the awareness that substance use is foremost a public health issue and that the criminalization of drug use negatively impacts people who use drugs, particularly vulnerable and racialized residents.
Please complete this survey to inform TPH's submission to Health Canada: