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Have Your Say IconCannabis Retail Stores - Community Feedback Survey

We have a one-time window to make a decision about whether to “opt out” of allowing private sector cannabis retail stores within Thunder Bay. Share your views through our online survey (available until 12 noon on Jan. 2, 2019).

Introduction of legalized cannabis in Ontario

The Cannabis Act came into effect Oct.17, 2018, and allows adults to purchase, possess, consume, and grow cannabis. Learn what you need to know in our Cannabis Brochure. For more information, visit our resources section on cannabis.

Exploring a Northern Centre of Excellence for Addiction and Mental Health

The City and Partners are exploring a Northern Ontario Centre of Excellence to build wellness capacity in the prevention and treatment of substance use in the region.


Drug Strategy strategic plan

Our "Building a Better Tomorrow" Strategic Plan guides our direction for the years ahead from 2017 - 2021. We also encourage you to explore our past plans and reports.

2017 - 2021 Strategy: Building a Better Tomorrow


About Thunder Bay Drug Strategy

Mission and vision

Our mission is to create and implement a drug strategy for the City of Thunder Bay, district, and region, that reflects the needs and strengths of its citizens. The strategy will focus on humane approaches that address the causes and effects of harm associated with substance use.

Our vision is to improve the health, safety and well-being of all citizens by working together to reduce substance related harms.

Five pillar approach

We take a five pillar approach which includes: Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, Enforcement, Housing.

The Thunder Bay Drug Strategy has modified the traditional four pillar framework used by many municipal drug strategies across Canada, and has added a fifth pillar in our comprehensive approach to addressing substance related harms for individuals, families and communities. Building a Better Tomorrow is a collaborative, crosssector response that aims to improve the health and well-being of all citizens in Thunder Bay, the district and region.

By framing our strategy through the five pillars of Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, Enforcement, and Housing, we are ensuring a diverse response that will cover the continuum of needs within our community. Building a Better Tomorrow recommends all stakeholders are involved in the design, monitoring and evaluation of recommended action, and that each pillar is an interlinking part of the continuum of care. As such, each Working Group of the Drug Strategy will aim to have representation of all pillars as part of their membership.

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