CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

Online registration for CCSA’s Issues of Substance is officially closed. The event is almost sold out. There will be limited onsite registration available beginning at 4 p.m. on Nov. 19. Thank you.

CCSA’s Issues of Substance returns to an in-person event in Vancouver

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction is happy to announce that our Issues of Substance conference will return in 2023 as an in-person event during CCSA’s 35th anniversary. 

Join us on the West Coast at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Nov. 20 to 22, 2023. 

Our Issues of Substance conference brings together diverse partners to share experiences with substance use, new research, best practices, emerging trends and issues, treatment and prevention initiatives, and other innovations in the field that affect the health and safety of people living in Canada.

Our national conference is of interest to:

  • Substance use specialists (e.g., health professionals, treatment providers, clinical staff, counsellors, social workers);
  • Allied professionals (e.g., hospital staff, law enforcement personnel, correctional workers);
  • Primary care and public health professionals (e.g., public health nurses, health promotion program staff);
  • Medical professionals practising specialties (e.g., emergency medicine, cancer treatment, neurology, internal medicine);
  • Policy and decision makers, program managers;
  • Researchers;
  • Knowledge brokers;
  • Students;
  • People with lived or living experience and their families and friends; and
  • Private sector professionals

Mental Health Commission of Canada Returns as Our National Sponsor

Mental Health Commission of Canada

For the third consecutive conference, CCSA is pleased and honoured to have the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a national sponsor for our event. With their involvement, the conference program will have a focus on the interconnection between mental health and substance use. More information on this will be available when the full conference program is released this summer.



Government of British Columbia is our Provincial Sponsor

Government of BC (mental health and addictions)

The Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is the provincial sponsor for our Issues of Substance conference. CCSA is honoured to have them as part of our event in Vancouver. A morning in the conference program will focus on sharing knowledge, emerging responses and transformational activities British Columbia is leading in program, practice and policy at the community, regional and provincial levels.



Registration for the conference is now open. Event registration is open to people who share a common interest in addressing problems related to substance use health and mental health.

Find more details about registration, including fees and deadlines, on the registration page.

Stay Informed!

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Registration for the conference is now open. Don’t delay in reserving your spot for this November!

What's new?

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All Conference News

Mae Martin

Award-Winning Comedian, Actor, Writer and Producer

Hon. Ya’ara Saks

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health,

Dave-Erik Drugge

Vancouver Costal Health - Vancouver Junction Community Centre

Terri-Lee Seeley

Director Interprofessional Practice for Correctional Health Services and Forensic Psychiatric Community Services
BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Provincial Health Services Authority

Kamaldeep Parmar

Regional Director Correctional Health Services
Provincial Health Services

Steve Pelland

Peer Coordinator Community Transition Teams
Provincial Health Services

Miranda Compton

Executive Director for Substance Use and Priority Populations
Vancouver Coastal Health, Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer

Julie Zimmerman

Provincial Director
Primary Care and Virtual Services Foundry BC

Michel Rodrigue

President and Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Christine Massey

Deputy Minister
BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

Brianne Peters (she/her)

research, impact and development specialist
CAPSA (Community Addictions Peer Support Association)

Anthony Esposti (he/him)

chief executive officer
CAPSA (Community Addictions Peer Support Association)

Gord Garner (He/Him)

vice-president of strategic partnerships
CAPSA (Community Addictions Peer Support Association)

Pam Kent (She/Her)

Director, Research
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

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