Meeting #:
CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave, Courtenay

We respectfully acknowledge that the land we gather on is on the Unceded
territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.

Presentation to update Council on Overdose Prevention Site with Inhalation Services

  • Dr. Charmaine Enns, Medical Health Officer, North Island, and
  • Lesley Howie, Director, North Island Mental Health & Substance Use Services

THAT Council authorize Councillor Doug Hillian to attend the High Ground 2023 Columbia Institute conference March 24-25 and that the associated costs be covered through the Council budget.

WHEREAS the BC government has committed to utilize surplus and additional funding in Budget 2023 for mental health & substance use services; and

WHEREAS the Comox Valley currently lacks the continuum of mental health and substance use services locally including medical detox, inhalation overdose prevention services, mental health treatment facilities, managed alcohol programs, Indigenous healing services, substance use treatment facilities, and second stage housing;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Courtenay advocate to the Premier, Ministers of Health and Mental Health & Addictions to increase funding to Island Health, local non-profits and private providers for the purpose of filling the gap in mental health and substance use services in the Comox Valley; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City write to regional local government partners to seek interest in submitting a shared regional letter to the BC Government.

THAT Council close the meeting to the public pursuant to the following subsections of the Community Charter:

90 (1) (a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality; and

(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.