Brantford-Brant Community Drugs Strategy

The Brantford-Brant Community Drugs Strategy is a multi-stakeholder community initiative made up of a partnership of the City of Brantford, Brantford Police Services, the County of Brant, Ontario Provincial Police, the Brant County Health Unit, St. Leonard’s Community Services, as well as other healthcare agencies and mental health and addiction treatment providers.

The strategy highlights ways to make immediate change, including:

  • enhanced treatment and mental health supports
  • enhanced access to pain management clinics
  • youth-focused addictions counselling
  • increasing public education and awareness
  • increasing access to long-term counselling
  • more support for individuals experiencing trauma or grief
  • more investment in peer support programs

BBCDS Advocacy Committee

During the 2019 BBCDS annual review, City, County, and Six Nations representatives from health, education, municipal government, and law enforcement met to review the progress of the BBCDS to date and set priorities for year two. A key decision coming out the annual review is an updated governance structure led by a newly established Advocacy Committee currently chaired by Brantford Mayor, Kevin Davis.

Members of the Advocacy Committee also include leaders from the Brant County Health Unit, the County of Brant, Brantford Police Services, OPP, Six Nations, St. Leonard’s Community Services, the Brant Community Healthcare System, the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Brantford Downtown Outreach Team Pilot Program

Brantford City Council approved the Brantford Downtown Outreach Team Pilot Program in February 2019 with the objective to reach out to vulnerable people who may not have the ability to seek help on their own but are in vital need of assistance. The team is made up of a nurse practitioner, addictions worker, peer support worker and a housing specialist. The program will work with individuals who require treatment and connect them with primary care services with a longer-term goal to move people into more permanent housing, counselling and medical service.

RAAM Clinic

The Rapid Access Addictions Media (RAAM) Clinic provides low-barrier access for patients seeking treatment for any substance use disorder or addiction. Patients do not need an appointment and are seen on a walk-in basis. The clinic is located at 347 Colborne Street, beside the Grand River Community Health Centre.

Harm Reduction and Substance Use

The Brant County Health Unit provides harm reduction services in our community, including naloxone kits and training, and harm reduction supplies.

There has been a notable increase in the amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia found across the community. Public safety is the City and Public Health's top priority. If you find drugs in the community please do not touch them and call the Brantford Police at 519-756-7050.

The Heath Unit also monitors statistics related to opioid use in our community. 

BBCDS Newsletter 

The BBCDS Communications Working Group releases a newsletter each quarter to provide udpates to the community regarding implmentation of the Drugs Strategy. Please email us to be added to our mailing list. 

BBCDS Newsletter - Issue 1 - March 2018 

BBCDS Newletter - Issue 2 - August 2018

BBCDS Newsletter - Issue 3 - February 2019