Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, which combined represent more than 300 community-based MH&A organizations across the province, are pleased with the following commitments in the budget:
- A two-year, $148-million investment in Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, which is being expanded to include improved transitions between youth and adult services, and support for adults and those living with addiction issues.
- Enhanced annual funding for the Community Homeless Prevention Initiative (CHPI) by $42 million starting in 2014/2015 to a total of $294 million. CHPI is part of the government’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which allows municipalities flexibility to address local housing priorities.
- A $50-million investment over five years to create a new poverty reduction fund targeted at supporting local solutions to poverty, including raising social assistance rates.
- A Fair Minimum Wage legislation that will index minimum wage to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index beginning in October 2015.
(Monday, April 14, 2014) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario welcomes today’s report from the province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner as a good first step in the examination of the disclosure of mental health police records.
CMHA Ontario encourages mental health organizations and people living with mental health disabilities to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). In particular, CMHA Ontario is concerned that proposed changes to the AODA’s Customer Service Standard may pose challenges for people with mental health-related service animals, including emotional support animals.
(Monday, March 3, 2014) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario CEO Camille Quenneville was pleased to present to the Ontario legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy on March 3, 2014. The Committee has been listening to stakeholders around the province as it conducts its review of the Local Health System Integration Act.
(Wednesday, February 13, 2014) – The following is a statement from Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario, in response to the recommendations released today by a five-member jury in an inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Eligon, three mentally ill Toronto residents fatally shot by police:
(Tuesday, January 21, 2014) – On January, 28, 2014, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) National CEO, Peter Coleridge, will be available to speak to the media about the ways Canadians can improve and maintain their mental health as well the issues impacting people living with mental health conditions or illnesses.
It might be vacation time for thousands of working Ontarians, but it’s not relaxing for everyone. Many colleagues left at the office or the factory floor may be anxious or overwhelmed because they’re thrust into unfamiliar jobs covering for people away on vacation.
NEWMARKET – The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) has received $150,000 in provincial funding to develop and implement a new educational walking and hiking program for older adults living with mental illness. Many of these walks will be taking place in Conservation Areas across Ontario. Funding for the project was provided through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, which supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active and living healthier lives.