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


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.

2017 - 2021 Strategy: Building a Better Tomorrow

Five pillar approach

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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