CMHA Ontario will be providing a submission to the provincial government on the minimum wage regulation and has set up a committee to ensure that its contribution is reflective of provincial perspectives. The submission is part of a provincial consultation process that gives the public an opportunity to provide input into how minimum wage is adjusted.
Existing CMHA Ontario programs indicate that the organization is already aligned with mental health aspects of the summer unveiling of Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.
Ontario’s doctors are urging all levels of government to make a greater investment in housing programs after the latest research has revealed that the ability to access safe and affordable housing impacts patient health.
The Ontario Peer Development Initiative, a mental health consumer organization, has announced that nominations are open for its 2013 Lighthouse Awards. There are three individual and two organizational awards.
The provincial government has appointed new members to Ontario’s new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. This council is a requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and is tasked with advising government on how to improve accessibility. The council has to power to propose new accessibility standards and review existing ones.
Local physicians are establishing a new program that partners emergency departments (EDs) in smaller community hospitals with larger hospitals. This program is demonstrating encouraging results.
With the release of his 2012-2013 annual report, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin called on the provincial government to expand oversight by making better use of his office’s services.
Where’s Home 2013 is a publication of Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada – Ontario Region. Much of the analysis is from the period between 1996 and 2006 and describes the economic and policy conditions that affect trends in the housing market. The study also paints a picture of the need across the range of housing options. With data provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, this edition of Where’s Home 2013 also reports for the first time on units that have received a funding commitment under the province’s Affordable Housing Program.
Through the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the Ontario government is aiming to strengthen mental health services for children, youth and their families while reducing stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released a new provincial summary report: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Ontario. The goal of the project was to encourage more uptake of evidence-informed prevention and policy initiatives that reduce alcohol-related harms in Canada. This project documented current alcohol policy initiatives across Canada, drawing comparisons between each provincial approach.. It also highlighted policy strengths in each of these jurisdictions, providing recommendations on how to improve weaker policy areas and disseminate this up-to-date information to major stakeholders and policymakers in each jurisdiction.