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Health Canada hosts Partnership Symposium on Cannabis Public Education and Awareness in Ottawa

Representatives from federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous groups, and health and other partner organizations discussed priority areas for action

OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of Canadian youth and the profits from criminals and organized crime. With this in mind, the Government is developing a sustained public education campaign to help ensure that factual, evidence-based information about the health and safety risks of cannabis is available to Canadians. Health Canada recognizes that collaborating with key stakeholders across the country is essential to reaching our target audiences and addressing specific regional needs.

Today, Health Canada hosted a one-day public education symposium with approximately 90 representatives from federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous groups, and health and other partner organizations that play a role in raising awareness and educating Canadians about the health and safety risks of cannabis use.

Participants shared insights on successes, proven practices, and challenges in raising awareness and educating the public on risks to health and safety. These insights informed discussions on the development of evidence-based content for cannabis public education campaigns as well as tools and strategies to effectively reach target audiences. Participants also discussed priority areas for action and opportunities for partnerships in raising awareness and educating the public about the potential health and safety risks of cannabis use.


"Making sure Canadians know the real facts about cannabis use is my priority. I am pleased to see continued close collaboration and support from national partners for this important undertaking. By working together, we can maximize the reach and impact of our efforts across Canada to educate Canadians, particularly youth and young adults, about the health and safety risks of cannabis use."

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

"Evidence shows that there are a range of health risks associated with cannabis use, with youth and pregnant women being particularly vulnerable to its harms. At today's partnership symposium, representatives from all levels of government and civil society discussed the importance of reaching Canadians with relevant and fact-based information. By aligning our efforts, we can ensure Canadians have consistent and quality information to help them make informed choices."

Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

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