Welcome to TDTC

Since 1998 the TDTC has been committed to providing alternatives to incarceration for Torontonians who face criminal charges related to drug addictions. This voluntary program is a joint partnership between a number of constituencies:

  • CAMH - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Federal Dept. of Justice
  • Legal Aid Ontario
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Other community agencies


Funding for the Toronto Drug Treatment Court Program is provided by:

  • The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General: provides partial funding for core program
  • The Toronto Central LHIN and Ontario MInistry of Health and Long-Term Care: provides housing program funding
  • Private donations (through the CAMH Foundation, Corporate Volunteer Program and Gifts of Light and fundraising efforts):  provides for special events, client comfort items and program incentives

Who can participate

Participation is available to adults who have an addiction (to one or more of:  cocaine/crack, opiates, methamphetamines) who are facing non-violent charges which are connected in some way to their addiction/means of obtaining drugs.  The type of crimes accepted are:  non-commercial trafficking, minor property charges, possession, etc.

Turning lives around

The TDTC helps people with addictions to substances make positive changes using a multi-tiered community based approach:

  • Supervised harm reduction treatment
  • Abstinence support
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Securing shelter and housing
  • Opiate substition therapy
  • Case Management

Upon graduation participants do not go to prison.  They normally receive non-custodial/probation sentences and leave with renewed hope for a drug free life.