Western Education receives funding for cannabis education
Western University’s Faculty of Education has received $99,000 from the Public Health Agency of Canada to work with stakeholders on identifying and scaling up effective school-based interventions that are aimed at promoting positive youth development and preventing problematic cannabis use and other problematic substance use among youth aged 11-18 years old.
Communicated in today’s announcement, this investment will help teachers, school counsellors, school and school board administrators get information on effective approaches to promote healthy behaviors and prevent substance use among youth.
“This investment allows us to use evidence-based research to ensure critical key messages are reaching those adults who interact with youth daily,” says Claire Crooks, a Faculty of Education professor and the Director of Western’s Centre for School Mental Health. “Although new legislation changes the landscape, we know a lot about how to help youth develop the assets they need to make healthy choices.”
This project funding is part of a larger announcement to support the development of tools and resources to help educators, public health professionals and community service providers inform Canadians about the health effects of cannabis.
“The project announced today demonstrates the government’s public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis. These projects will ensure that public health professionals, education stakeholders and community service providers are well-equipped to provide Canadians with credible and evidence-based information to help them make informed decisions about cannabis,” says Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Public Health Agency of Canada announces funding to help frontline workers communicate the health and safety facts about cannabis
The current approach to cannabis does not work. Canada has some of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, especially among youth and young adults. That’s why the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.
Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada is announcing an investment of $223,000 for three organizations — the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Western Ontario, and Health Nexus — to support frontline workers in informing Canadians about cannabis health and safety. These organizations will develop public education tools and resources for public health professionals, education sector stakeholders (such as educators, school counsellors, school and school board administrators), and community service providers.
Evidence-based tools and resources developed through these investments will help inform Canadians who may be at greater risk, such as children and youth, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, about the health effects of cannabis and will help prevent problematic substance use.
The Government of Canada continues to accept proposals from community-based and Indigenous organizations for projects that respond to specific public education and awareness needs related to cannabis.