COVID-19 Resource Directory for Service Providers 

The COVID-19 Resource Directory for Service Providers is a compilation of some regional, provincial and national COVID-19-related resources for service providers. The directory provides resources and links on the following sectors: health, mental health, housing, justice, crime prevention, trauma, technology, food security, finances, harm reduction, and newcomers/refugees, as well as tips for working remotely and online learning courses.  

For additional information on local agencies, use 211 Ontario North to find the agency of interest and link to their website. Several agencies in Thunder Bay have dedicated COVID-19 pages outlining service continuations, disruptions and/or suspensions. For City of Thunder Bay service information visit

Thank you to the following participating organizations for the ongoing development of the COVID-19 Resource Directory: Crime Prevention Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, Canadian Mental Health Association, Lakehead Social Planning Council, Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and 211 Ontario North.


Rockin' Recovery 2019

On behalf of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy, Drug Awareness Committee and the Fort William First Nation, you are Invited to the Sixth Annual Rockin' Recovery! This year's event, held on September 4 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, features live bands, information and artisan booths and some great eats. By choosing to participate and support Recovery Day, you're helping to eliminate stigma around addiction and helping build a community of compassion and understanding.

Whether you'd like to be a sponsor, a participant, volunteer or vendor, there is a place for everyone to attend this free, family-friendly event that celebrates people in recovery, along with their friends and family, including those people moving towards recovery. There are many ways to get involved, as follows:

  • Sponsor this event and show your support to those in and moving towards recovery. The deadline for sponsorships is August 1.
  • Register to host an information booth and share how you support recovery.
  • Register for an artisan booth.
  • Volunteer. We are looking for volunteers for a number of positions throughout the event. 
  • Print and share our handbill.

Live music provided by Greenbank and JC Wilkinson!



2018 Annual Report to the Community 

The Thunder Bay Drug Strategy released its 2018 Annual Report to the Community, Moving Towards A Healthier Community, outlining the accomplishments and progress made towards improving education and outreach, expanding awareness initiatives and recruiting additional professionals to support the five Pillars of Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, Enforcement and Housing.

Read our 2018 Annual Report to Community


Drug Strategy Newsletter

Sign up to the new Thunder Bay Drug Strategy newsletter to keep informed of the latest highlights and happenings in the prevention of substance-related harms in our city and region. The newsletter will feature information and announcements, photos and videos of events, as well as profiles of individuals and organizations making a positive difference towards a healthier and safer future for all.

Sign up for the newsletter

Cannabis Retail Stores

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. The online survey is now closed. Learn more about the opt out and opt in options

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, cross sector 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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