Mission Statement & Vision

Mission statement

Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) is a collective of Victoria area residents that recognize that people who use illicit drugs face discrimination, criminalization, stigmatization and isolation. We believe that ending the prohibition of illicit drugs and regulating their use is the only way to stop the war on people who use drugs. Locally, we seek to ensure that the highest quality health care is made accessible to all those who require harm reduction services. We believe that every person has the right to consistent, nonjudgmental accessible health care and that harm reduction is an essential part of health care provision. We work with people who depend upon harm reduction health services to obtain and realize justice and dignity for all drug users and – in particular – those who suffer from homelessness, discrimination and violence as a result of their status as a person who uses drugs.


HRV bases its work on a wide body of research and evidence in support of harm reduction services. We are committed to on-going and broad community dialogue regarding the needs and deprivations of those who require harm reduction health services. HRV uses a range of tactics, including research, education, advocacy and action, to ensure that the Capital Regional District adheres to the highest standards of health care for those who use currently illegal drugs, especially those confronting poverty and homelessness.