Harm Reduction – Overview


Our Harm Reduction department focuses on mitigating the health risks associated with substance use to improve the overall health and quality of life of individuals and the community. Our core values include:

  • A non-judgmental approach to program delivery that treats everyone with compassion and respect, regardless of circumstance and condition;
  • Program delivery focused on enhancing the quality of life for individuals and communities alike;
  • Empowering substance users to be the primary agents in reducing the harms of their substance use;
  • Program delivery that recognizes the complex social factors that influence vulnerability to substance use and substance related harm, including poverty, social inequality, discrimination and trauma;
  • Commitment to defending universal human rights.

We fully embrace the principles of harm reduction work and infuse respect for each person’s dignity and autonomy in all aspects of our programming. We’re here to assist you in accessing services and offer the following support:

  • Information & Referral Services
  • Practical Assistance
  • Community Programming

Our staff is committed to the rights of substance users and the social inclusion of marginalized communities. Information and referrals from our Harm Reduction staff will help you to access and navigate essential health information and services, such as (but not limited to):

  • Drug treatment;
  • Counselling services;
  • Mental health services;
  • Sexual assault support agencies;
  • Domestic violence support services;
  • Viral hepatitis support services.

If you have questions related to your health and support needs, contact our office at (519) 973-0222, or toll free at 1-800-265-4858.

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