O’Toole pledges more mental health funding for provinces
Published August 25, 2021 at 10:27 am
|BRANTFORD, Ont. — Erin O’Toole says a Conservative government would work with the provinces to invest in mental health, transferring them enough funds for an additional one million Canadians to receive treatment each year.|
The Conservative leader’s pledge comes amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has taken a toll on well-being, and is part of a broader promise of $60 billion more in health transfers over the next decade.
It forms one of the Tory leader’s five election platform “pillars” and colours an emerging self-portrait of a compassionate Conservative focused on jobs and prosperity as well as wellness and addiction.
Ahead of a campaign stop today in Brantford, Ont., O’Toole repeated his plan to offer a tax credit to employers for 25 per cent of the cost of mental-health coverage, create a suicide prevention hotline and fund charities with $150 million in grants over three years to deliver wellness programming.
A Statistics Canada survey from March found that one in five Canadians screened positive for symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder following a year of lockdowns, social isolation and economic precarity.
The Liberal budget from April earmarks millions to government bodies to develop national mental-health service standards and back support projects for groups “disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” while the NDP is promising mental-health care for uninsured Canadians.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 24, 2021.
The Canadian Press