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Ontario Expanding Mental Health and Addictions Supports for Frontline Health Care Workers

Ontario’s frontline health care workers have been unwavering in their dedication to protect the health and safety of Ontarians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as they are there for us, we need to be there for them.

As part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario, we are investing $12.4 million over two years to provide existing and expanded mental health and addictions supports for frontline health care workers across the province.

The government is partnering with five hospitals, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division and the Ontario Psychological Association to offer these mental health and addictions supports.

This investment will protect our progress by ensuring the province’s health care workers have access to the supports they need to ensure their mental wellness and address the impact of the pandemic, and builds on previous investments to support emergency funding for mental health services to support the health care workforce.

Through these measures, the government is also taking action to address the recommendations included in Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID‑19 Commission Report to ensure long-term care staff receive the mental health supports they need.

Protecting people’s health has been the government’s number one priority since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario continues to make $51 billion in supports available in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and promote economic recovery.

Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001140/ontario-expanding-mental-health-and-addictions-supports-for-frontline-health-care-workers