The Department of Health provided grant funding to the AIDS Outreach Community Harm Reduction Education Support Society (ARCHES) to operate a Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) in the City of Lethbridge. ARCHES received total grant funding of $18.3 million from September 2017 to August 2020.
In March 2020, upon concerns of potential expenditure irregularities at ARCHES, the department initiated an expenditure review. The review concluded the grant funds were unaccounted for and lacked appropriate documentation. This resulted in the department terminating its grant agreement with ARCHES.
The scope of this report is on the underlying grant processes at the Department of Health that awarded grants to ARCHES. This report does not cover any processes or controls at ARCHES.