LTC Expanded: For Community Residential Substance Use Facilities and Shelters for Those Experiencing Homelessness

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected underserved people in Canada, including those who experience homelessness and/or substance use. 


LTC+ Acting on Pandemic Learning Together was launched in the summer of 2020 to support long-term care and retirement homes to strengthen their pandemic preparedness and response. LTC+ is expanding and supporting organizations dedicated to caring for people experiencing homelessness and substance use. 

Homeless shelters and residential substance use facilities from across Canada can join LTC+ and receive up to $10,000 funding to contribute towards pandemic response. This funding can be used where the need is the greatest, including vaccine roll-out, staff time, harm reduction training or supplies, purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or mental health training/support.

LTC Expanded will also include ways for organizations to share their learning with other organizations, and ways for organizations to seek advice and support from each other.

Organizations need to register by March 17 to participate in the first phase of this program and be eligible for the $10,000 funding. Organizations can register by downloading the application form and sending it to

Download the application

We are committed to ensuring the program expansion meets the needs of those participating. We will work with the teams who join in this first phase to co-create a longer-term program and a menu of virtual activities. 

LTC Expanded is a collaboration between the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and the newly amalgamated organization that brings together the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and Canadian Patient Safety Institute, with partners from across the country.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

BC Patient Safety Quality Council