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Alcohol Risk and Policy: Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) 3.0 - Ontario Results

  • 22 Feb 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

Alcohol use is a cause of substantial health, social and financial harms. The Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) is a research project that assesses how well governments in Canada are implementing policies proven to reduce harm from alcohol use. This PHO Rounds will present the latest CAPE results for Ontario, focusing on alcohol policies related to pricing and taxation, physical availability, minimum legal age, and screening and treatment interventions. Presenters will highlight examples of best practice policies in place across Canada and provide recommendations for strengthening Ontario’s alcohol policies. There will be dedicated time for questions. For more information, please see:

Intended audience: Public health unit (PHU) staff, Associated Medical Officers of Health, and Medical Officers of Health, Ministry of Health staff working in substance use policy, researchers, health promoters.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Ontario’s alcohol consumption, costs and harms
  • Identify key alcohol policy domains proven to reduce harm from alcohol use
  • Describe best practice policies within the domains of Pricing and Taxation, Physical Availability, Minimum Legal Age, and Screening and Treatment Interventions
  • Identify areas of strength and opportunities for improving Ontario’s alcohol policies

Presenter(s): Bella Priore, Dr. Tim Stockwell, Dr. Mark Asbridge

Bella Priore,BSc., is a researcher with Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR). She was heavily involved in the data collection and stakeholder engagement for the CAPE project. She has also been involved with various internal and collaborative projects at CISUR surrounding the topic of drug and alcohol policy in Canada. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with honours from UVic in 2022 and completed her thesis on university students’ perception of alcohol warning labels.

Dr. Tim Stockwell, PhD., was director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly the Centre for Addictions Research of BC) from its inception in 2004 until 2020. He led Australia's National Drug Research Institute as deputy director, then director for 16 years. Tim’s research interests in alcohol policy include measurement and modelling of alcohol consumption and related harms, and assessing impacts of pricing and taxation policies such as minimum prices. Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received the 2013 EM Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding research on social, cultural and policy aspects of alcohol with special mention of his work on minimum alcohol pricing.

Dr. Mark Asbridge, PhD., is a professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Mark has been a co-investigator with the CAPE project on all three iterations to date. Mark’s areas of expertise include impaired driving countermeasures, minimum legal drinking age, alcohol, and youth.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or

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