#erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. Take action. Sign the petition.
With your help, we ensured that mental health and addictions funding played a key role in the recent Ontario election. More than 12,500 Ontarians sent a strong message that they want elected officials to #erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care.
Now that the new Progressive Conservative government has been voted in, our work has only begun. The government has committed $1.9 billion for mental health and addictions care over 10 years. This matches the federal government’s commitment over the same period, bringing the total investment to $3.8 billion.
During the campaign, the Ontario PCs specifically said they’d seek expert advice from CMHA, Addictions Mental Health Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario. We welcome this spirit of collaboration and will continue to keep pushing to make sure mental health and addictions funding stays on the political radar. CMHA Ontario Division is already working with sector partners to consider the best advice we can bring to the new government.
We look forward to sitting down with Members of Provincial Parliament to discuss ways to enhance the system of care for individuals living with a mental health and addictions issue. In the meantime, we will continue to share mental health and addictions news in Ontario. Visit our website as we share updates along the way.
The truth about mental health services in Ontario
Community-based mental health and addiction agencies like ours are struggling. Local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association have received little in the way of government funding increases for many years. We receive less of Ontario's health budget now than we did in 1979.
We’ve stretched the value of a dollar as far as it can go. We’re asked to do more with less. We’re forced to cut services in the community. Wait lists are longer. We’ve eliminated staff and leave positions unfilled. We struggle with rising operational expenses. The situation is now dire.
With all the political and public conversation about mental health and addictions, now is the time to send a message to elected officials:
#erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care.