Substance use is a widespread issue in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities. Adults and youth in our community are engaged in high-risk activities that also place them at risk for HIV and STI’s. Many are seeking support and information to reduce their risk behaviours.  In addition, the stigma surrounding substance use in our community creates a barrier to accessing information and services related to safer substance use. 

Black CAP’s Harm Reduction Program is based on harm reduction practices meant to reduce harms associated with Substance use. Our harm reduction model is committed to meeting the unique needs of ACB community members “where they are at” to reduce the risk of HIV and STI infections, communicable diseases (i.e. HEP C), criminalization, overdose, and violence.

The objectives of this program are:

Black CAP’s Harm Reduction Program:

To request a workshop, one-on-one session or to invite us to do outreach at your event please click here.

Community members are always welcome to join the Harm Reduction Team. The program relies heavily on the support of volunteers to conduct outreach and education. Harm reduction or HIV knowledge is not a requirement and training is provided for all volunteers.

Our Harm Reduction Community Outreach Programs are funded by Toronto Public Health (TUHF), Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (AIDS Bureau), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). 

Orville Burke
ACB Harm Reduction Specialist

Phone: (416) 977-9955, ext. 274

Shavor Mcknight
Harm Reduction Coordinator

Phone: (416) 977-9955, ext. 231

Bishen Mudie
TO2AN Harm Reduction Coordinator

Phone: (416) 977-9955, ext. 286

Nick Colon
BIPOC Alliance Harm Reduction Coordinator

Phone: (416) 977-9955, ext. 236