UPDATED: Safe injection site plan seeks funding

After more than a year of delays, Montreal public health officials are ready to launch their safe injection site project.

Later this week the public health department will be requesting more than $3 million from the Quebec government to set up four safe injection sites across the city and close to the same amount per year to run them.

One of the sites will be downtown, another in the Centre-South district, a third in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and the fourth will be mobile.

It is still unclear when the sites will actually get up and running, since both the provincial and federal governments must approve the plan.

“We don’t know how long it will take for them to evaluate our request, but we hope it will be rapid because the need is there and we think that important services are not offered to that clientele,” Dr. Richard Massé, Director of Montreal public health, said.

The public health department must also coordinate with the new city administration.

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