The Calgary Public Safety and Community Response Task Force was created in December 2022 to address the issues of addiction, homelessness and public safety, and build on the province’s recovery-oriented system of addiction and mental health care.

The task force will implement a series of initiatives in Calgary towards addiction treatment, homelessness, shelter spaces and other housing supports. Funding for these initiatives is provided as part of government's $187 million commitment to address addiction and homelessness in Alberta's urban centres.

These actions will help provide more life-saving services to Calgarians while enhancing public safety within the city.


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    Task force work is ongoing.

Who is listening

Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction


The Calgary Public Safety and Community Response Task Force will implement initiatives to:

  • further increase addiction treatment capacity in Calgary

  • provide addiction and mental health treatment programs in correctional centres

  • create a hybrid health and police hub

  • expand medical detox services

  • build harm reduction and recovery outreach teams

  • expand access to emergency shelter space

  • improve access to affordable housing options that support recovery

The task force is expected to operate until March 2023 and may be extended, if required. 

Task force members

  • Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services (chair)

  • Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction

  • Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services

  • Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Municipal Affairs

  • Reuben Breaker, Councillor Asinaipoka, Siksika Nation

  • Jodi Two Guns, executive director of social development, Tsuu T’ina Nation

  • Sonya Sharp, Ward 1 councillor, City of Calgary

  • Andre Chabot, Ward 10 councillor, City of Calgary

  • David Duckworth, city manager, City of Calgary

  • Steve Dongworth, fire chief, Calgary Fire Department

  • Mark Neufeld, chief constable, Calgary Police Service

  • Kerry Bales, senior program officer, Provincial Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

  • Tony Pasich, associate executive director, EMS Operations, Alberta Health Services South Zone

  • Patricia Jones, chief executive officer, Calgary Homeless Foundation

Get help

  • Albertans experiencing addiction or mental health challenges can contact 211 for information on services in their community.

  • Albertans struggling with opioid addiction can contact the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program by calling 1-844-383-7688, 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm daily. The program provides same-day access to addiction medicine specialists. There is no wait-list.


Last updated: January 13, 2023