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.


City Council heard first reading of an amended Land Use Bylaw (3357/RR-2018) and development permit for future supervised consumption services on October 15, 2018 and approved the bylaw on November 26, 2018. Once the Bylaw was approved, Turning Point relocated their operations and now provides supervised consumption services (SCS) at 5233 54 Avenue, near the existing Safe Harbour site.A development permit was also required. 

On May 28, 2018, City Council approved an amended Licence Bylaw (31592A-2018) which requires service providers to apply for a licence to operate mobile supervised consumption services in Red Deer. The amended Licence Bylaw ensures there are definitions and regulations as to what, how and where this type of business operates.

The amended Licence Bylaw:

  • 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)
    • Safe Harbour (5246 53 Ave)
  • sets the license fee at $120 per year and requires an annual renewal.

Public Participation

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to hear comments on the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendment (3357/RR-2018). Public notification and consultation was conducted for the entire Railyards area, and landowners within a 100 meter radius were able to have one on one meetings with representatives from The City of Red Deer.

There was 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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