Overview

The Edmonton 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 the Edmonton metropolitan region to combat homelessness and increase access to addiction services and 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 Edmontonians while enhancing public safety within the city.

Timeline

  • Open

    Task force work is ongoing.

Who is listening

Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction

Mandate

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

  • further increase addiction treatment capacity in Edmonton

  • 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

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

Task force members

  • Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services (chair)

  • Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction

  • Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

  • Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Municipal Affairs

  • Chief Billy Morin, Enoch Cree Nation

  • Chief Isaac A. Laboucan-Avirom, Woodland Cree First Nation

  • Tim Cartmell, pihêsiwin Ward councillor, City of Edmonton

  • Sarah Hamilton, sipiwiyiniwak Ward councillor, City of Edmonton

  • Dale McFee, chief of police, Edmonton Police Services

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

  • Graeme McAlister, associate executive director, EMS Operations, Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone

  • Susan McGee, chief executive officer, Homeward Trust

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.

News

Last updated: February 1, 2023