Evaluation of the National Anti-Drug Strategy

Led by Justice Canada, the National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) is a horizontal initiative of thirteen federal departments and agencies, which was launched in 2007 to improve Canada’s response to the complex issues of illicit drug use and prescription drug abuse (PDA). It is organized according to three action plans: Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. The Strategy’s action plans were expected to contribute to a reduction in the supply of and demand for illicit drugs; a reduction in PDA; a reduction in the negative health and social impacts and crime related to illicit drug use and PDA; and, ultimately, to contribute to safer and healthier communities.

What was found


About the evaluation

The Department of Justice Canada’s programs are evaluated every five years to meet the accountability requirements of the Treasury Board’s Policy on Results, address the requirements of senior management, and inform the renewal of programs and agreements.

The evaluation covers the activities of the Program carried out during a period of five fiscal years, from 2011–12 to 2015–16, using information collected through six lines of inquiry to assess the relevance and performance of the Initiative.

For the full report, please visit the Evaluation Division website.

For Health Canada’s Statement on the Evaluation of the National Anti-Drug Strategy, please visit Health Canada evaluation reports.