Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE)

 
Total Alcohol Policy Implementation Score* by Province and Territory, 2017

Completed in 2019, CISUR and CAMH led the Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) Project, a national evaluation of alcohol policies across all provinces and territories in Canada; an evaluation of federal government policies was also completed. Developed to inform evidence-based policies in Canada to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harms, this project updated a previous evaluation report (and summaries) of Canadian provinces released in 2013. The results of the 2019 CAPE research were made available in a report on the federal evaluation (in English and French) as well as a report on the provincial and territorial evaluation (in English & French). Tailored, jurisdiction-specific summaries were also produced, as well as an overall project infographic. In addition to disseminating the results in several pre-release and report-launch webinars, the CAPE team also presented jurisdiction-specific findings at over 25 invited webinar sessions with a range of policy-stakeholder groups across the country. An overview of 2019 CAPE results as well as a comparison of privatisation of provincial liquor outlets between 2012 and 2017 have been published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. Planning is underway to initiate the next round of the CAPE Project in 2022.

Read our recent paper in Drug and Alcohol Review.

View the CAPE infographic.

View our interactive policy mapping tool.

2019 Provincial and Territorial CAPE Reports and Summaries

2019 Federal CAPE Report

Presentations and infographics

Journal articles

Webinars

2013 Provincial CAPE Reports

Related news stories and media releases

Media releases

2019 media

2013-2018 media

Related alcohol policy evaluation publications

Other resources

About the 2019 Provincial and Territorial CAPE Project

The Provincial and Territorial Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation Project is a rigorous assessment of the extent to which evidence-based alcohol policies have been implemented in all 13 jurisdictions in Canada. The study design is based on a similar model conceived of and implemented by MADD Canada assessing the progress of policy measures to reduce impaired driving (see 2015 Provincial Impaired Driving Report). The types of alcohol policies being evaluated at the provincial and territorial level include those with direct evidence of direct effectiveness as a means of reducing population level consumption of alcohol and/or related harms such as: pricing and taxation; physical availability of alcohol; impaired driving countermeasures; marketing and advertising controls; minimum legal drinking age laws; screening, brief intervention and referral programs; and liquor law enforcement. We also assess evidence-based strategies that more indirectly facilitate implementation of the direct policies mentioned above. These strategies include: control systems for the distribution and sale of alcohol; provincial and territorial alcohol strategies; monitoring and reporting of alcohol related harms; and health and safety messaging. A report card will be available for each jurisdiction and comparisons made with a previous national exercise completed in 2013, which was also based on the MADD Canada design.

About the 2019 Federal CAPE Project

The Federal Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation Project is a rigorous assessment of the extent to which evidence-based alcohol policies have been implemented by the federal government in Canada. The study design is based on a similar model conceived of and implemented by MADD Canada assessing the progress of policy measures to reduce impaired driving (see 2015 Provincial Impaired Driving Report). The types of alcohol policies being evaluated at the provincial and territorial level include those with direct evidence of direct effectiveness as a means of reducing population level consumption of alcohol and/or related harms such as: pricing and taxation; physical availability of alcohol; impaired driving countermeasures; marketing and advertising controls; minimum legal drinking age laws; and screening, brief intervention and referral programs. We also assess evidence-based strategies that more indirectly facilitate implementation of the direct policies mentioned above. These strategies include: control systems for the distribution and sale of alcohol; a national alcohol strategy; monitoring and reporting of alcohol related harms; and health and safety messaging. A report card will be available for the federal government.

About the 2013 Provincial CAPE Project

The 2013 alcohol policy evaluation report provided an initial systematic and comparative review of policies and programs across all Canadian provinces which have the potential to reduce the considerable health and social harms from alcohol. The overall objective was to encourage greater uptake of these practices and thereby improve public health and safety in Canada. The study design was based on a similar model conceived and implemented by MADD Canada assessing the progress of policy measures to reduce impaired driving (see 2015 Provincial Impaired Driving Report)

Funding bodies

  • 2019 Provincial and Territorial CAPE Project: Health Canada, Substance Use and Addictions Program
  • 2019 Federal CAPE Project: Public Health Agency of Canada
  • 2013 Provincial CAPE Project: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Researchers

  • Dr. Tim Stockwell ((PI) Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, University of Victoria)
  • Norman Geisbrecht ((Co-PI), Emeritus Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON )
  • Ashley Wettlaufer (Research Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON )
  • Kate Vallance ( Research Associate, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Victoria, BC)
  • Clifton Chow (Research Affiliate, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Victoria, BC)
  • Nicole April (Medical Consultant, Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Québec City, QC )
  • Mark Asbridge (Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS )
  • Dr. Russell Callaghan (Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Victoria; Professor, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC)
  • Samantha Cukier (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH )
  • Geoff Hynes (Manager, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Ottawa, ON)
  • Robert Mann (Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON )
  • Dr. Kara Thompson (Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS)
  • Robert Solomon (rofessor Emeritus, Western University, London, ON)
  • Robert Strang ((Knowledge User) Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia )
  • Dr. Gerald Thomas ((Knowledge User) Collaborating Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research; Director, BC Ministry of Health, Victoria, BC )
  • Andrew Murie ((Knowledge User) Chief Executive Officer of MADD Canada)