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.


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    Task force work is ongoing.

Who is listening

Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction


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.


Last updated: February 1, 2023