Government of Canada invests $8.6M in Mental Health Promotion

Toronto: Mental health is an essential and integral component of overall health and well-being. While many Canadians struggle with mental health issues, certain groups in Canada are more likely to face disproportionate challenges accessing mental health supports because of racism, discrimination, socio-economic status or social exclusion. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed wide disparities in mental health care, and the Government of Canada is committed to addressing these disparities and promoting positive mental health for everyone.

Today, the Honourable 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 to promote mental health and wellbeing in our communities.

The funding is being provided through the Government of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). The MHP-IF supports community-based 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.