Expanding Access to Critical Mental Health and Addictions Services

Building a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system

COVID-19 has been challenging for many people and families across Ontario, especially those living with mental health or addiction challenges.

That’s why our PC government is providing an additional $176 million in annual funding to take care of people and make sure everyone has access to mental health and addictions supports, especially during COVID-19.

“Our incredible mental health workers and researchers carry out important work each and every day to help people cope with serious issues and save lives,” said Doug Ford, MPP for Etobicoke North and Premier of Ontario. “Today’s ongoing investment not only delivers on our government’s historic commitment to invest billions in mental health over 10 years, but it will also provide care for thousands of people, including frontline health workers and first responders, who need such critical supports during these challenging times.”

The increased funding will help address urgent gaps in care, enhance access to mental health and addictions services, create new supports and expand programs in several priority areas, including:

  • Community-based services, including services for children and youth;
  • Mental health and justice services;
  • Supportive housing for individuals with serious mental health and addiction challenges, and who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
  • Community and residential addictions, including treatment and care for opioid addictions;
  • Increased supports for Indigenous peoples, families, and communities; and
  • More hospital in-patient beds for mental health and addiction patients.

As part of this funding, our PC government is also making targeted investments in community and residential addictions.

This funding is part of the province’s investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years and enables Ontario’s comprehensive plan, Roadmap to Wellness. We will continue taking real action across government to reach our goal of creating a comprehensive, connected and integrated mental health and addictions system where every Ontarian is fully supported.