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All eyes on provincial budget

April 24, 2014

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Ontario Government will release the 2014-2015 Provincial Budget. CMHA Ontario will be monitoring the Budget process with a special focus on the government’s response to our pre-Budget submission which included a number of specific recommendations in support of mental health and addiction services in Ontario.

Highlights of the CMHA Ontario’s pre-budget submission to the Ontario government are below:

Housing

  • Develop a Housing First model across Ontario to support marginalized populations such as people who are homeless and living with mental health and addictions issues.
  • Support continued investments to and implementation of Ontario’s Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy.
  • Ensure that any current and new investments in housing provide access to a range of housing options, including supportive housing, supported housing, and rent supplements for vulnerable populations, including those with mental health and addictions needs

Income Security

  • Incrementally increase the minimum wage of $10.25 over 5 years to reach a wage of 10% above the poverty line by 2018.
  • Expand employment services to include a full range of employment readiness activities with a focus on building individual capacity and skills.

Workplace Mental Health

  • Promote workplace mental health by adopting the voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace within the Ontario Public Service and all government-funded agencies.
  • Support community-based programs, such as Mental Health Works, to address the mental health needs of employers and employees in the workplace.

Increase Investments to the Community Mental Health and Addictions Sector

  • Increase investments to the community mental health and addictions sector by an additional 4% in fiscal 2014-15.
  • Continue to invest in Ontario’s 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, with a focus on the adult and seniors populations in years four to 10.
  • Adopt a Health-in-All Policies approach within government policies. This will ensure that a change in one government policy does not have unintended negative consequences for marginalized individuals, including those with mental health and addictions needs.

Read CMHA Ontario’s complete pre-budget submission.

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