Stimulus Connect

What is Stimulus Connect

Stimulus Connect is not just another webinar, it is an opportunity for Canadian stakeholders in harm reduction and drug policy to come together, learn, and network on specific topics. We strive to provide an online space where authentic connections are made on issues that affect us all. In addition to pulling together key contacts to discuss the topic we also gather related journal articles, resources, media and tools and provide these resources along with the #StimulusConnect recording on our website.

#StimulusConnect topics are curated in consultation with the Stimulus National Implementation and Planning (SNIP) Committee and their Executive Committee. A group of key stakeholders are then brought together to collaboratively plan the content, speakers and methods of each event. As with other Stimulus program activities we work from a framework of Nothing About Us Without Us. Stimulus Connects include English/French simultaneous interpretation.


Stimulus Connect 14

September 23, 2021

It’s time to decriminalize drugs now across Canada. The Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD) is suing Canada to remove criminal penalties on drug use!

In response to the ongoing overdose epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Canadians, CAPUD is suing the government of Canada to remove the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) penalties (decriminalize) all forms of drug possession and some forms of drug trafficking. These criminal penalties create various harms for people who use drugs (PWUD) and prevent PWUDs from accessing medical treatment and harm reduction.

The Legal Case

CAPUD is seeking to have all references to drug possession struck from the CDSA. CAPUD and the co-plaintiffs are also seeking to have references to drug trafficking (the sale of drugs) interpreted to remove trafficking when a PWUD traffic drugs due to necessity. Necessity might include situations where a PWUD sells a supply they have guaranteed is safe or when they sell solely to make enough money to support themselves.

Full decriminalization across Canada for several drug activities (possession and necessity trafficking) is needed to stop the deadly epidemic. Notice of Civil Claim located in hyperlink here: Notice of Civil Claim

Please consider donating to this cause to help support CAPUD and these brave individuals with this litigation or sharing this gofundme page to spread the word about the action and the movement for drug decriminalization. To learn more, please go to or watch for the hashtag #DrugDecrimCanada on social media.

Previous Stimulus Connects

A crowd of people with signs raising their fists at a rally

Stimulus Connect 13: Recognizing Expertise

People who use drugs are the experts in their own experience and the drug policies that fuel harm.
a bottle of pills on an orange background

Stimulus Connect 12: Benefits of Stimulants

“80 to 90 percent of people are not negatively affected by drugs, but in the scientific literature nearly 100 percent of the reports are negative.” Dr. Carl Hart
Sign that reads "our pandemic is being ignored"

Stimulus Connect 10 & 11: Impact of the Pandemic on People Who Use Drugs

Canada was experiencing a massive wave of overdoses, but with 2020 came the COVID-19 pandemic which made unprecedented impact on people's lives.

Stimulus Connect 9: Harm Reduction & Drug Selling

Their work is varied, and some sellers contribute to harm reduction efforts through their role within the illegal drug market.
Naloxone kits arranged on a table

Stimulus Connect 8: Harm Reduction Tools for Parents and Caregivers

There are a range of factors, and layers of overlapping oppression that can challenge parents and caregivers who use substances.

Stimulus Connect 7: Walking the Walk

Facilitating meaningful inclusion of people who use drugs by offering attendance alone is a fail. Rather, people who use drugs must be stakeholders with equal standing in all aspects of implementing conferences and events
A sign reading "defund the police"

Stimulus Connect 6: Defunding the Police

Defund the Police has been a strong rally cry in the US and Canada. #StimulusConnect will discuss why defunding the police is an essential part of harm reduction based practice.

Stimulus Connect 5: My Safe Supply

Stimulus Connect 5 features Canadians who use drugs sharing how they want safe supply delivered. What does autonomy and access within safe supply mean? Please join us as we connect and learn from their experience in advocating for, trying to access safe supply and living with safe supply.

Stimulus Connect 4: Women, Drugs, Pregnancy and the State

There are a range of factors, and layers of overlapping oppression including sexism, racism, and classism, that lead women to need women-centred harm reduction programs and policies responsive to their lived realities.