Supervised Consumption Services

Supervised consumption services provide a place where people can use controlled substances in a monitored hygienic environment, and are part of the federal and provincial strategies to reduce harm from opioids and other substances.

The City's Role

In reacting to the Provincial initiative for supervised consumption services, Red Deer City Council is considering the where and how of supervised consumption services in Red Deer.

The City’s role is to ensure the proper bylaws are set so an external agency can operate and manage the service. Along with requiring approval from The City, the operating agency will require federal exemptions for each mobile site.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

City Council heard first reading of an amended License Bylaw (3159/A-2018) on May 8, 2018. Second and third reading may be considered at the May 28, 2018 City Council meeting. Approval of an amended bylaw does not assume the introduction of mobile supervised consumption services in Red Deer; it does however, ensure there are definitions and regulations as to what, how and where this type of business operates.

If approved:

  • requires service providers to apply for a license to operate mobile supervised consumption services in Red Deer.
  • outlines a definition for what constitutes mobile supervised consumption services
  • specifies locations, which include:
    • Hospital (3942 50A Avenue)
    • P9 Parking Lot (4618 50 A)
    • Safe Harbour (5246 53 Ave)
    • Bettensons Parking Lot (4310, 4320, 4322 & 4348 52 Avenue)
    • Old Parks Building (4934 54 Avenue)
  • the proposed license fee is $120 per year and would require an annual renewal.

Public Participation

There is no public hearing required to amend the License Bylaw; however, when a provider submits an application to operate a mobile supervised consumption services unit, the applicant is required to notify property owners and occupants located within 100 meters of the proposed site prior to acceptance of any application.

Residents were invited to provide written comment by May 19 for inclusion on the May 28 Council agenda. 

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Learn more about supervised consumption services on the Alberta government website...