Canada has two major initiatives on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): the FASD Initiative and the First Nations, Inuit and Aboriginal FASD Program.
Acting on FASD is a major commitment of the Government of Canada and of the Provinces and Territories.
The FASD Initiative evolved from an expansion of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) to enhance Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAS/FAE) activities. It is a collaborative effort designed to ensure that everyone committed to action on FASD is working toward common goals. The initiative is reflected in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A Framework for Action that was developed in consultation with organizations at the community, provincial, territorial and national levels.
The vision for both the FASD Initiative and the Framework for Action is to prevent alcohol-affected births and to improve outcomes for those affected by this life-long disability. In addition, the FASD Initiative is closely linked with the development of the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and Substances in Canada (External link) , and the National Alcohol Strategy Working Group.
FASD programming for First Nations on-reserve and Inuit communities is delivered through Health Canada (External link) . It profiles FASD as it affects First Nations and Inuit communities and some of the strategies that are being used to deal with these conditions.