The Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub connects service providers and other stakeholders from various sectors across Ontario and Canada with credible, evidence-based information on the non-medical use of cannabis. Through the discussion forum, the hub also connects professionals to others working in the same field.
Who is the Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub for?
Information on the website is intended for policy-makers and professionals working in primary care (such as physicians or nurses), mental health and addictions (such as counsellors or case managers) education (such as teachers or administrators), and social services (such as social workers or youth workers).
What kind of information will I find?
The resources will include infographics, guidelines, webinar recordings, podcasts, research summaries, reports, handouts and much more. These curated resources will help you stay up to date with the latest evidence on the non-medical use of cannabis.
How are the resources chosen?
We carefully curate the resources included in the Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub according to strict criteria to ensure they are relevant to our audience. We select resources that meet the following criteria:
- They are current.
- They focus on non-medical use of cannabis.
- They are intended for Ontario service providers.
- They are produced by a reputable organization.
- They are based on evidence.
Resources are chosen based on their relevance across the continuum of care: from promotion and prevention to harm reduction, treatment and recovery. Ontario and Canadian resources are prioritized to make sure the information is most relevant to service providers.
Who curates the content?
The resources are curated by knowledge brokers in the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). We work with communities, service providers and other partners across Ontario to move evidence to action and create sustainable, system-level change.
The Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub is funded by Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program.
The work of the Cannabis Knowledge Exchange Hub team is guided by a cross-sectoral Champions’ Circle, composed of representatives from key sectors. Members play a key role ― they identify evidence needs, provide advice to the team and act as representatives of their sectors.
They advise the team on addressing inequity issues specific to their sectors. They also engage system planners and policy-makers at the provincial and national levels to inform policy change and, ultimately, reduce harms associated with cannabis use.
Membership of the Champions Circle includes:
- Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
- CAMH Institute for Mental Health Policy Research
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario Division
- Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
- National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
- Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse – Ontario Node
- Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
- Ontario College of Family Physicians
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Ontario Physical Health and Education Association
- Public Health Ontario
- Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
- Shkaabe Makwa
This list of partners will continue to grow as other organizations join the project at different phases of the work.