Toronto Public Health will submit an exemption application to Health Canada to operate a supervised injection service in Toronto.
Queen West Central Toronto Community Health Centre and South Riverdale Community Health Centre will also submit their applications to operate supervised injection services as part of their existing harm reduction services for people who inject drugs.
Both applications will be submitted Thursday.
Supervised injection services are health services that provide a safer and hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of qualified staff.
Community consultations were held in Toronto last spring to provide information to the public about supervised injection services and provide an opportunity for the community to share input about benefits, concerns and strategies related to these health services.
In July 2016, Toronto City Council approved these proposed sites, which expand on existing harm reduction services at the three locations. In addition to supervised injection, individuals using these important health services will be provided with sterile injection supplies, education on overdose prevention and intervention, health counselling services and referrals to drug treatment, housing, income support and other services. In August 2016, all three health care organizations submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to fund the implementation of this service in Toronto.