Jul 28, 2020 12:30 pm

Community-driven harm reduction programs in Canada

The dual public health emergencies of the overdose crisis and the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have greatly affected the most marginalized in our communities. There is a heightened need for community-driven, low-barrier harm reduction programs embedded in communities to reach these individuals.

Harm reduction programs across the country, both in urban and rural settings, are taking approaches that are informed and delivered by people who use drugs and other community members.

This webinar highlights novel, low-barrier approaches to harm reduction programs, how these programs are being delivered, and the lessons that have been learned. We will discuss opportunities and challenges for harm reduction practice, including during the pandemic and into the future.

Moderator: Christopher Hoy, Knowledge Specialist, Hepatitis C Community Health Programming, CATIE


  • Rebecca Morris-Miller, Connections in Corrections Program Coordinator, Grenfell Ministries
  • Kim Ritchie, Program Director, Grenfell Ministries
  • Michael Clarke, Manitoba Harm Reduction Network
  • Colleen Tower, Northern Health Region
  • Samantha Pranteau, Community Organizer, Tenant Overdose Response Organizers Program      
  • Matthew Bonn, Program Coordinator, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs