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Federal Tobacco Control Strategy :

Plans, Spending and Results

Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS)

Lead department

Health Canada

Federal partner organizations
  • Health Canada
    • Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
      • Tobacco Control Directorate
    • First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
    • Communications and Public Affairs Branch
    • Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
    • Public Health Infrastructure
    • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Safety Canada
    • Akwesasne
    • Policy Development
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    • Police Operations
  • Canada Border Services Agency
    • Risk Assessment
    • Admissibility Determination
  • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Taxpayer and Business Assistance
  • Public Prosecutions Service Canada
Non-federal and non-governmental partners

Not applicable

Start date of the horizontal initiative

April 1, 2001

End date of the horizontal initiative


Total federal funding allocated from 2007-08 to 2021-22 (dollars)


Total federal planned spending to March 31, 2016 (dollars)


Total federal actual spending to March 31, 2016 (dollars)


Funding contributed by non-federal and non-governmental partners

Not applicable

Governance structures

Health Canada is the lead department for the federal government with responsibility for the coordination and implementation of the FTCS.

Federal partners manage the control of tobacco products through monitoring and assessing the illicit and licit tobacco markets:

  • Public Safety Canada - leads and works with federal partners to develop and coordinate strategic approaches and activities to monitor and combat contraband tobacco activity and related crime;
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police - works with federal partners to identify and investigate criminal activities and to coordinate information on national and international contraband tobacco issues;
  • The Canada Border Services Agency - increases knowledge of contraband domestically and internationally by liaising with tobacco authorities at all levels and by monitoring and providing regular reports on both national and global contraband tobacco. The Canada Border Services Agency provides reports, information and guidance to the Department of Finance Canada on matters that will impact the future tax structure of tobacco;
  • The Canada Revenue Agency - administers the Excise Act 2001, which governs federal taxation of tobacco products and regulates activities involving the manufacture, possession and sale of tobacco products in Canada; and,
  • Public Prosecutions Service Canada - monitors federal fines imposed in relation to tobacco and other types of offences in order to enforce and recover outstanding fines.
Contact information
  • Suzy McDonald
    Director General
    Tobacco Control Directorate
    Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
    Health Canada
    Ottawa, ON, K1A 0K9
    Telephone number: 613-941-1977
    E-mail address: