Government of Canada invests $8.6M in mental health promotion

TORONTO, June 13, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Mental health is an essential and integral component of overall health and well-being. While many Canadians struggle with mental health issues, some groups Canada are more likely to face disproportionate difficulties in accessing mental health services due to racism, discrimination, socio-economic status or social exclusion. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed great disparities in mental health care, and the government of Canada is committed to addressing these disparities and promoting positive mental health for all.

Today, the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced an investment of $8.6 million for 6 projects across Ontario promote mental health and well-being in our communities.

Funding is provided by the Government of from Canada Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). The MHP-IF supports community programs related to mental health promotion to increase health equity and address the underlying determinants of health. It also supports the development and implementation of culturally-focused mental health programs for the mental health of refugees and new Canadians, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, 2SLGBTQI+, and youth and families.


“The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund supports individuals, families and communities and creates comprehensive support systems for those in need. Investing in these community projects that address the mental health of children, youth and their caregivers is an integral part of our holistic approach to healing. Our government will continue to support projects that have the potential to improve health outcomes and meet the mental health and addictions needs of people from coast to coast.

The Honorable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

“Young people across the country have been disproportionately affected throughout the pandemic and our government knows they need the right supports to succeed. Through the Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund, we are able to support young people and their families through social capital-based projects to build a more inclusive society. Canada.”

The Honorable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Here in Ontario, we estimate that less than 25% of people receive the mental health services they need and waiting lists are growing every year. This is especially and painfully true for racialized, 2SLGBTQI+, and other equity-seeking populations, and the impacts have been compromising to devastating. This new federal initiative will bring hope to so many people for whom hope, at this time, is very rare.”

Heather Sproule
Executive Director, Central Toronto Youth Services

Fast facts

· One in three Canadians will be affected by a mental illness in their lifetime.

  • Community-based mental health promotion projects have the potential to improve health outcomes across the lifespan.
  • Through the MHP-IF, the Government of Canada invests $46.3 million from 2019 to 2029 to promote mental health among children, young people and their caregivers. More information about the projects can be found here.
  • The government of Canada is committed to supporting people in Canada with their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. If you or someone close to you is having difficulty, you can access the Wellness Together Canada Portal, or call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to 741741 (adults) or 686868 (youth). The Wellness Together Canada portal offers free access to educational content, self-guided therapy, moderate peer-to-peer support, and one-on-one counseling with trained healthcare professionals.

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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

For further information: Maja Staka, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, [email protected], 343-552-5568; Media Relations: Public Health Agency of Canada, 613-957-2983, [email protected]; Public Inquiries: 613-957-2991, 1-866-225-0709; Public information COVID-19: 1-833-784-4397

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