Canada: Regulations for methadone or buprenorphine patients seeking to travel to Canada


Methadone and Buprenorphine Treatments: available

Methadone and buprenorphine treatments are available in Canada from treatment centers and private practitioners.
The minimum requirements for treatment while in Canada are:

  • proof that the individual is receiving methadone or buprenorphine such as a (notarized) physician’s letter in English or French. This letter should also specify the name, address and telephone/fax number(s) of the foreign physician, the name of the patient and his or her address while in Canada, the dates of travel, the daily dosage of methadone or buprenorphine and any pertinent medical information;
  • proof of identity such as a passport;
  • additional information as the Canadian physician sees appropriate.

In case a patient or his/her doctor does not have an address of a Canadian methadone or buprenorphine prescribing GP or clinic, we recommend to contact the Support Service for Professionals for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. Created and managed by Programme CRAN (Centre de recherche et d’aide pour narcomanes), it is a very useful service for general practitioners and clinics providing methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment, as well as for health care and social services professionals. The Support Service for Professionals is available by telephone at 514 527-6939 ext. 252 (Montreal) 0r 1 866 726-2343 (outside Montreal) or by email at . Information is available in English and French: Click on “Treatment and Referrals” or “Traitement et références”. Another internet resource is “Treatment Services in Canada“, a database provided by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Requests for travel to Canada may also be directed to the other contacts mentioned below.  All contacts listed will be of assistance finding the name and address of a treatment center or physician closest to the place of travel. Once a suitable treatment provider has been found, it is the responsibility of the foreign physician to make further arrangements by contacting the Canadian physician/clinic directly.

Importation of Methadone and Buprenorphine (Subutex®, Suboxone®): possible

According to section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Class Exemption for Travellers who are Importing or Exporting Prescription Drug Products Containing a Narcotic or a Controlled Drug, importation of prescribed narcotic substances is allowed. The conditions to be met are available here: click

Contact Addresses:

Support Service for Professionals

Support Service for Professionals is available by telephone at 514 527-6939 ext. 252 (Montreal) 0r 1 866 726-2343 (outside Montreal) or by email at

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse: Treatment Services in Canada

Ms. Debbie Ayotte
Information Specialist
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
75 Albert Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7
Phone: +1 613 235 4048
Fax: +1 613 235 8101

Addiction Support and Prevention ASAP
Adelaide Street Station Box 724
36 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2J8 Canada
Phone: +1 416 691-8964
Contact Person: Lynne Benson Acting President
Phone: +1 416 691-8964
Pager: +1 416 337-0184

Gary Williams
Methadone Advocacy Group
British Columbia
Canada V2B 3L4
Phone: +1 250 554-3882

Methadone prescribers/clinics

Drouillard Road Clinic
Methadone Case Manager
1052 Drouillard Rd.
Ontario N8Y 2P8
Phone: +1 519 977 9772
Fax: +1 519 977 7145

(contact details last updated December 15, 2009)

Barrie Addiction Treatment Centre
22 Ross Street
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1E9
Phone: +1 705 7300286
Fax: +1 705 7300287
Office hours:
Mon – Fri (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Simcoe Outreach Services
Methadone Program
61 Wellington Street West
Barrie, Ontario
Canada, L4M 1K5
Phone: + 1705-726-7062 (ext 261)
Fax: +1 705-726-8629

Substance Abuse Treatment and Addiction Medicine
Suite 203
240 Wharncliffe Rd. N.
London, Ontario N6H4P2
Phone: +1 519 6427676

Oak Ridges Addiction Treatment Centre
13085 Yonge Street, Unit 1B
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 3S8
Phone: +1 905 7735395
Fax: +1 905 7731361
Office hours:
Mon & Fri (9:00am – 3:00pm)
Tues, Wed & Sat (9:00am – 6:00pm)
Sat (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Larch Street Methadone
Clinic, Sudbury, Ontario
Phone: +1 705 669-1111
Dr. Brian Dressler
Dr. Stanley Shapiro
(Chapleau office, phone +1 705 864-1131)

Park City Medical Care Centre
# 103 – 10216  128th Street
Sandell Professional Center
Surrey, BC
Canada V3T 2Z3
Phone: +1 604 585 4385
Fax: +1 604 585 4383
Hours of operation:
Mon (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Tues (10:00am – 6:00pm)
Wed & Thur (9:00am – 6:00pm)
Fri (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Sat & Sun (closed)

Dr. Peter Garber and Dr. Mark Greenberg
Addiction Treatment Centres of Canada
2375 Steeles Avenue West, Suite 73A
Toronto, Ontario M3J 3A8
Phone: +1 416-661-4555
Fax: +1 416-661-7500

Dr. Michael D. Lester
41 Niagara st.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1C2
Phone: +1 416 9232330
(contact details last updated January 18, 2009)

Dr. Stanley de Vlaming
30 Blood Alley
Vancouver, BC
Phone: +1 604 6699181
Fax: +1 604 6889775

Yaletown Medical Centre
1280 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6Z 3B2
Phone: +1 604 682 2141
Fax: +1 604 682 2151

Hours of Operation:
Mon (10:00am – 8:00pm)
Tues till Fri (12:00pm – 8:00pm)
Sat & Sun (closed)

Royal Oak Clinic
103-1638 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5N 1W1
Phone: +1 604 438 6184
Fax: +1 604 438 6194
(contact details last updated January 18, 2010)

Doc-Side Medical
125 Main Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2S5
Phone: +1 604 633 1234
Fax: +1 604 633 1233
(contact details last updated January 18, 2010)

M.I.N.E. (Methadone
Intervention and Needle Exchange)
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
7-25 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3C 2B1
Phone: +1 204 944 7070

Woodbridge Addiction Treatment Centre
830 Rowntree Dairy Road, Unit 14
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 5V3
Phone: +1 905 2641143
Fax: +1 905 2641153
Office hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sat 9:00am – 12:00pm

Outreach Services Clinic
2004 Fernwood Road
Victoria, BC
V8T 2Y9
Phone: +1 250 480 1232
Fax: +1 250 480 1231
Office hours:
Monday – by appointment only
Tuesday – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Thursday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
(These details last updated September 19, 2005)


Any comments, corrections and additional information
(e.g. contact details of methadone or buprenorphine prescribing GPs or clinics) greatly appreciated!
Please address all correspondence to:

Ralf Gerlach
Bremer Platz 18-20
D-48155 Münster
Phone: +49 251-60123 or +49 2571-582765
Fax: +49 251-666580


(This page last revised June 27, 2018)