October 12, 2010
For immediate release
WINNIPEG - Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St.Paul, announced today $6,363,708 in funding for drug treatment initiatives for the province of Manitoba under the National Anti-Drug Strategy. Joy Smith made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.
"The Government of Canada is proud to be working with Manitoba and other provinces and territories across the country to address illicit drug use," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Today's funding will provide substance abuse support services to youth as well as other vulnerable populations."
This funding will benefit two initiatives, Together We Can - Making a Difference for Youth at Risk and Strengthening Treatment Systems in Manitoba. Funding for this first project will help to hire outreach workers to work with youth, establish early intervention and skills building programming in schools in Manitoba, and increase the ability of health care professionals to integrate substance use intervention in their daily work.
The second initiative will help the province of Manitoba make improvements to its drug treatment systems by investing in activities that strengthen performance measurement and evaluation. Investment in these areas will ensure that much needed systems development work can be carried out to advance and enhance provincial program delivery so that Manitobans can be assured of receiving the most efficient and effective care possible.
"Addressing the complex issues of substance abuse requires the involvement of multiple partners. We are very pleased to have the support of the federal government in advancing our five point addictions strategy," said Manitoba Minister of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Jim Rondeau. "We also recognize the critical role community agencies are playing as we build a more comprehensive and coordinated system."
"Providing early intervention services in terms of illicit drug use will make for healthier and safer communities in Manitoba," said Ms. Smith. "I look forward to seeing the benefits of the funding announced today inthe months and years ahead."
Initiatives such as these are another step in implementing the Government of Canada's National Anti-Drug Strategy, which was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in October 2007. The Strategy includes three action plans: preventing illicit drug use; treating those with illicit drug dependencies; and combating the production and distribution of illicit drugs.
The Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP) is a federal contributions program under the Treatment Action Plan of the National Anti-Drug Strategy. The DTFP will provide $121 million over five years to provincial and territorial governments to assist in strengthening treatment systems and in filling critical gaps in treatment through investments in early intervention treatment initiatives designed to reduce and eliminate the progression and severity of illicit drug use behaviour among youth.
Please visit the National Anti-Drug Strategy website for more information.
Jenny Van Alstyne
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health