Project Members

Regulation Project members are leading change with bold ideas and evidence-based policy

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) is a policy advocacy organization comprised around 50 organizations and over 4,000 individuals striving to end the harms of drug prohibition. It operates as a project within Simon Fraser University under the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction. Our vision is for a safe, healthy, and just Canada in which drug policy and legislation, as well as related institutional practices, are based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion, and public health principles. The CDPC seeks to include people who use drugs and those harmed by the war on drugs in moving toward a healthier Canadian society free of stigma and social exclusion.

Contact: scott_bernstein (at ) sfu (dot ) ca

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research, legal and policy analysis, education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is one of the world’s leading advocacy organizations working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS. We’re committed to reducing the harms associated with drugs and the harms caused by harsh, misguided drug laws. Instead of prohibition and punishment, we believe drug policy must be grounded in sound public health evidence, and in the principle of the universality of human rights — rights to which all people are equally entitled, including people who use drugs.

Contact: MLong (at ) aidslaw (dot ) ca

The Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD) strives to reduce oppressive societal conditions that people who currently or formerly use drugs face and emphasizes the need for their direct involvement in public policy decision making. We focus on the strengths, talents, and merits of our membership as we build a better future for people who use drugs.


Pivot Legal Society works in partnership with communities affected by poverty and social exclusion to identify priorities and develop solutions to complex human rights issues. Our work is focused in four policy areas: police accountability, drug policy, homelessness, and sex workers’ rights. We combine strategic litigation with high-impact public education and advocacy campaigns to maximize our effectiveness. Our deep collaboration with marginalized people and grassroots movements, combined with our unique approach to social change, makes Pivot the only human rights organization of its kind in Canada.

Contact: caitlin (at ) pivotlegal (dot ) org

The Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation (CDPE) works collaboratively with governments, affected communities, and civil society to improve community health and safety by conducting research and outreach on effective and evidence-based policy responses to substance use. The CDPE endeavors to be a primary source for rigorous scientific evidence on the impacts of drug policy that is fundamental to crafting evidence-based public health policy. To that end, the CDPE is conducting an international systematic review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature on the health and social impacts of implementing drug decriminalization or legal regulation.

Contact: nazlee.maghsoudi (at ) mail (dot ) utoronto (dot ) ca

Regulation project members

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