Sharing of drug injection and drug inhalation equipment can result in the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Harm reduction practice recognizes that a certain percentage of the population will use drugs and the goal is to reduce the harm that might result from drug use. Harm reduction decreases the adverse health, social and economic consequences of substance use, for the user and the community, without requiring abstinence.

For more information, to book a workshop or to make an appointment please call the Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator at 519-763-2255 ext. 151.

The Harm Reduction and Outreach program provides services to individuals and groups through Community Outreach, the Stay Sharp Needle Exchange Program, Counselling, Practical Support and Education for Safer Sex and Safer Drug Use Information.

Supplies may be accessed at:

HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health
110-77 Westmount Road
Guelph, ON N1H 5J1

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Sexual Health Clinic
160 Chancellors Way
Guelph, ON N1H 5K1

Guelph Community Health Centre 
1st Floor
176 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, ON N1H 8N9

Community Outreach 

Harm Reduction Outreach staff and peer workers provide harm reduction supplies and HIV prevention education to a variety of populations at the Drop in Centres, Shelters and on the streets of downtown Guelph.

Please call the outreach phone at 519-994-5419 before 5 pm.


Overdose Prevention

ARCH is partnering with the Guelph Community Health Centre and the Guelph Family Health Team to apply to become a site for a Concumption and Treatment Service (CTS). A CTS is a health service where community members who use drugs receive wraparound treatment and support. It is a low barrier, life-saving service that helps us respond to the current opioid and overdose crisis facing our community – and our province.  A CTS includes a safe, hygienic place for people to consume pre-obtained drugs (injection, intranasal and oral) under the supervision of trained health professionals. Visitors to the service are provided sterile injection supplies, education on safe consumption, overdose prevention and intervention. Alongside our community partners we opened temporary overdose prevention services in May 2018, and our application to become a CTS is part of our effort to continue providing these life-saving services in our city.

If you are looking for additional information, we encourage you click here - for an overview of What you should know about the application to become a Consumption & Treatment Service (CTS). 

We also encourage you to take a moment to complete the survey to share your thoughts on consumption services and harm reduction in Guelph. Click here for the survey- https://www.research.net/r/GCHCentr