Community, Indigenous drug rehab programs across West get $20M in federal funds

SQUAMISH, B.C.-Dozens of community and Indigenous groups across Western Canada will share $20 million in federal funding to boost the mental health and drug awareness, treatment and rehabilitation services they offer. The money is to be shared between 42 local drug-related programs across British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Thursday. The minister was in Squamish, B.C., where she visited two addiction treatment centres, including one for youth. “The announcement and the kinds of investments we are making is really to be able to do that investing directly in the community and then being able to prove the concept of what’s working and what’s not working,” Bennett told a news conference. The money will flow through Ottawa’s Substance Use and Addictions Program, with…

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