Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 454

Why was the policy changed?

The policy has been updated to include the list of prohibited ingredients for over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements and alternative remedies.

What has changed?

  • The Canteen Operations section has been modified to clarify that perishable items and items of a similar nature to those available in the institutional canteen that are purchased through external suppliers are included in the $90 per pay payment period limit on canteen purchases.
  • In Annex B – National List of Health and Hygiene Products, cough syrups containing single ingredient dextromethorphan are no longer authorized.
  • A new annex entitled List of Prohibited Ingredients for Over the Counter Medications, Dietary Supplements and Alternative Remedies has been added.
  • Some minor technical changes have been made throughout the document.


The Assistant Commissioner, Correctional Operations and Programs. Additional roles and responsibilities are detailed in the policy document.

Who will be affected by the policy?

Inmates who purchase over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements and alternative remedies through the institutional canteen or external suppliers.


For questions related to CD 890:

For questions related to health products:

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.