CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference

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CCSA's Issues of Substance 

CCSA's Issues of Substance is Canada’s only national conference to bring together from across the country addiction workers, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers, knowledge brokers and people with lived or living experience with substance use or substance use disorders.

Hosted biennially by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), this conference is the pinnacle event on substance use and addiction in Canada. The three-day event provides an unparalleled opportunity:

  • To share new research and best practices through over 100 presentations and 90 posters;
  • To network with peers from various professions; and
  • To receive practical training on substance use and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.

The conference organizing committee has begun putting together CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2021. We hope to announce the location for the event sometime in the summer of 2020. If you’re interested in attending, you’ll want to book your spot early when registration opens in the spring of 2021. The 2019 event in Ottawa sold out months in advance with 650 total attendees.

Want to know more about the conference? We encourage you to listen to episode six of CCSA’s podcast, The Evidence. Recorded live at the 2019 conference in Ottawa, it features select interviews with conference attendees and exhibitors to get their insights on the event. The interviews discuss the importance of attending the event, as well as what the attendees hope to take away from it.

If you would like to join the mailing list for CCSA’s next conference, complete the Information Request form and put “CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2021” in the field labelled “Describe the information you are looking for.”

Remember to keep up to date on the latest news about the conference by following the official conference twitter feed at @IOS_QDS.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in 2021!


If you would like to join the mailing list for CCSA’s next conference, complete the Information Requests form and put “CCSA’s Issues of Substance 2021” in the field labelled “Describe the information you are looking for.”

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