Substance use costs Canadians $38.4 billion per year: CISUR/CCSA study

The the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) ​ and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is pleased to announce the release of a major new study estimating the economic costs and harms associated with substance use in Canada.

The results of the study indicate that the overall economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was $38.4 billion, or approximately $1,100 for every Canadian regardless of age. Legally available psychoactive substances, tobacco and alcohol, contributed over two-thirds of these costs. Between 2007 and 2014, costs associated with opioids and cannabis increased while those associated with cocaine decreased. Productivity losses amounted to 41 percent of the total cost, while healthcare costs were 29 percent and criminal justice costs were 23 percent of the total cost.

The report can be downloaded from the project website, along with a report in short and infographic.