Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has spent $20,000 on campaigns to counter the negative health effects of cannabis legalization, particularly on youth — a drop in the bucket compared to other cities.
The federal government promised millions in education funding to go along with legalization, with commitments already worth $4.1M to organizations in the city of Toronto.
None of that federal money has made its way to Ottawa, however.
“We will be exploring provincial and federal funding opportunities,” wrote OPH spokesperson Robyn Muzik in an email.
“We will be submitting our public health budget to the city and province in the new year,”
Investments in “public health promotion and prevention” tops the priorities for Ottawa Public Health in its plan to reduce harms associated with cannabis use.