In this section you can find information about the law and health concerns. If you are looking for information on workplace health issues, see the section: Workplace Safety
The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.
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DrugSafe is a trusted source for Albertans to find vital information on reducing the harm of drugs and alcohol. This information on cannabis, alcohol and opiods is provided by Alberta Health Services.
The Alberta Mental Health Patient Advocate is an independent, provincial investigative body legislated under the Mental Health Act. The Patient Advocate protects the rights of persons and investigates and resolves complaints related to the detention, treatment, care and rights of individuals subject to admission or renewal certificate/s or a community treatment order under the Act, and those acting on their behalf. The office also serves as a resource to the mental health community through education services and to policy and law makers by bringing a unique perspective
This article was prepared for the Centre`s for Excellence for Child-Wellbeing as an overview of child welfare in Alberta.
Calgary Counselling Centre is a charitable organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable counselling services to Calgarians. They offer counselling and group programs for individuals, couples, parents, families, and youth to help them resolve emotional and social problems. In addition to its may group and individual program services the Centre also offers a Male Domestic Abuse Outreach Program which provides counselling, advocacy, social service referrals (housing, financial aid, legal guidance, support) to men and their families experiencing domestic abuse of all forms.
This booklet provides information on the Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and explains what happens when someone calls Child and Family Services on their family.
The Government of Alberta's FSCD program uses a family-centred approach to provide parents with funding to access a range of supports and services that strengthen their ability to promote their child’s healthy growth and development. In addition, FSCD assists with some of the extraordinary costs of raising a child with a disability.
On June 17, 2016, Canada passed Bill C-14, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code, to enable citizens to access medical assistance in dying. This fact sheet produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta outlines what you need to know about the new law.
This information on medical assistance in dying in Alberta has been prepared by Alberta Health Services to ensure patients can access compassionate high quality care, while ensuring staff and physicians can provide services within the law. Information is available on the site for patients and families as well as health professionals.
On this site you will find information about Alberta’s Health Advocate and Mental Health Patient Advocate. The Advocates provide education about the Alberta Health Charter and patients' rights set out in the Mental Health Act, and connect people with health and mental health services, programs and resources. The Advocates listen to any concerns or complaints about health care experiences which may result in an investigation or a referral to the appropriate complaint resolution process.
A publication of Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Both Federal and Provincial social welfare benefits programs are covered. It includes information on Alberta Works Income Support (IS), Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH),Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Canada Child Benefit (CCB, Disability Tax Credit (DTC) ,Child Disability Benefit (CDB), Old Age Security (OAS), and Employment Insurance (EI)
The Support Network is located in Edmonton, Alberta, and provides community information services, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Its help lines are free, anonymous, confidential, and available every hour, every day. Help is also available in person and online. 24-Hour Distress Line: 780-482-HELP(4357)
Learn more about how to access cannabis for medical purposes.
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is based in Montréal. It is the only national, community-based, charitable organization in Canada working exclusively in the area of policy and legal issues raised by HIV/AIDS. It was formed in November 1992 and has over 200 members across Canada and internationally.
- Public education resources
- The legalization and regulation of cannabis
- Adult possession of cannabis
- Laws in your area
- Identifying legal cannabis products
- Travelling with cannabis
- Consuming cannabis
- Cannabis health effects
- Growing cannabis
- Access to cannabis for medical purposes
- Funding for cannabis public education and research
- Drug-impaired driving
This brochure is designed as a resource to provide you with the information you need about cannabis along with some effective tools to help you set the stage for a conversation about cannabis and engage in productive discussions with your teen about cannabis and other substance use. The brochure was produced by Drug Free Kids Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction,
CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada. CCD's priorities include: disability-related supports; poverty alleviation; increased employment for persons with disabilities; promotion of human rights; ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; technology developed according to the principles of universal design; and, air, rail, bus and marine transport that is accessible to persons with all types of disabilities. CCD seeks to achieve these priorities through law reform, litigation, public education and dialogue with key decision-makers.