Call to Action # 33

We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to recognize as a high priority the need to address and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and to develop, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, FASD preventive programs that can be delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.

Why “In Progress?”

Budget 2017 of the Federal Government allocated an “additional” $10.5M over 5 years with $3.7M ongoing to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Program beyond the $14.2M allocated annually prior to 2017-2018. By 2022 the annual funding will have increased from $16.3M to $17.9M as part of an existing suite of services aimed to improve health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit children, families and communities. No mention of Métis.

The objective of the funding is to increase awareness and understanding of the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder within urban, rural or remote off-reserve Indigenous communities and among service providers who support Indigenous peoples of childbearing age

Aug. 2, 2019 – Launch of Agir Tôt (Act Early) program in Quebec including funding for FASD screening in the Nunavik region in northern Quebec. 

Multiple initiatives in the provinces and territories.

Current Status

July 5, 2022

In Progress

Previous Status

May 14, 2022

In Progress

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Actions and Commitments


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Other Govt. Response to FASD Programs

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Federal Budget Commitments to FASD Programs

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National FASD Mentoring Project

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CAMH: FASD report

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Cdn. Bar Assoc. Response to TRC

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