OPS at Street Health



April 30





Staff mark the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis in continuing efforts to create awareness on this issue.




Day of Action

Toronto Paramedic Services attends the highest number of suspected opioid overdose-related deaths in a single month since September 2017. There were 343 suspected opioid overdose calls to paramedics, including 25 deaths.

March to current

Street Health’s OPS continues to provide support during COVID 19.


Life threatening spikes in overdoses reported in several Ontario communities including Toronto.

 January 31 Health Canada approves Street Health’s exemption and Street Health announces that community donations will support the OPS Continued operation – both to March 31, 2021. 

 Januray 21





Street Health and St. Stephen’s hold a press conference to release Overdose Prevention Sites Evaluation.

Read Toronto Star coverage



Eval PC



 November 6








Street Health’s OPS Community Advisory Committee begin regular meetings. 








 OPS Community Committee



A dedicated Crisis Outreach Worker is hired at Street Heath to support those who are not among our regular clients.



Read Toronto Star article: Safe Supply programs can reduce opioid deaths. 



Substance Use and Addictions, Health Canada provide one-time funding which supports the evaluation of OPS services.



April to current


OPS community supporters rally. Activities include: press conference at Toronto City Hall, demonstrations at Queen’s Park, many fundraising efforts. Donors include: Toronto Overdose Prevention Society, private family foundations, several CUPE locals, church and community groups, hundreds of individuals.

S Morrison

March 29

Street Health’s OPS operation is threatened as the Ontario Government funding is abruptly eliminated.



A coordinated used drug needle pick up program begins in the local community. 



Health Canada and the Ministry of Health approve the continuing operation of Street Health’s OPS.




 December 12  

Community consultation moderated by local MPP Suze Morrison held to share strategies and opportunities with local community members, service agencies, police and healthcare providers.

 November 26





 First Community Open House held at the OPS. 





OPS Door

 October 15










Street Health’s OPS and the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society organize  a “We Grieve Thousands” candlelight vigil through the Downtown East to remember the thousands of Canadians who died from an opioid overdose in 2017 and to demand government action to prevent further loss of life.







 June 27








Street Health opens an Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) at 338 Dundas St. East. This service is offered in response to the increased level of overdoses and overdose deaths happening in the Sherbourne and Dundas area. This neighbourhood has the second highest number of calls to 911 for overdose in the entire city. Street Health provides overdose prevention services to connect with the people affected by the deadly street drug supply and ensure they have access to healthcare services.  










After months of negotiations and planning, Street Health’s OPS receives the federal and provincial approvals to begin operation.