The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is a national non-governmental charity formed in 1988, with a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harm. The organization provides leadership that allows for the development, implementation and monitoring of national priorities, and fosters a knowledge-translation environment where evidence shapes policy, practice and action. It also creates, sustains and leverages partnerships that maximize individual and collective efforts.
CCSA has 45 staff and a number of research associates, and is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The organization receives funding from Health Canada. Key priorities include youth drug prevention; reducing alcohol and substance abuse, impaired driving, and abuse of pharmaceuticals; supporting the substance abuse workforce; international drug policy; and improving Canada's treatment system.