As we grow to better understand the co-occurring nature of mental health problems and substance use, there is a call to work more closely on providing integrated care. This work is new to the MHCC, and we are building networks and collaborating with partners working across the field. We are currently focusing on the ongoing opioid crisis, which is taking a devastating toll on individuals, families, front-line workers and communities across the country.

The MHCC’s work includes:

  • Education and training
  • Anti-stigma efforts
  • Mental health support for first responders and healthcare workers


In Budget 2018, the federal government allocated funding for the MHCC to study the impact of cannabis on mental health as Canada moves towards legalization. The MHCC is working with partners to bridge the knowledge gap that exists related to mental health and the use of cannabis. Read “Closing the Research Gap on Cannabis and Mental Health” for an overview of our work on the file.

  • Cannabis is the 2nd most commonly used substance (after alcohol) in Canada
  • Canada has one of the highest cannabis consumption rates in the world
  • More than 40 % of people in Canada report having used cannabis at least once

For information, resources and educational materials, please visit the following websites:

Opioid Training for Healthcare Providers Course Catalogue

The MHCC completed an environmental scan of training programs available to healthcare providers to meet their learning needs around supporting people who use opioids, predominantly in relation to the commencement and maintenance of treatment for opioid use disorder. The details of the training programs are current as of March 31, 2019.