April 29, 2022
Toronto – The following is a statement from Camille Quenneville, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, in reaction to province’s 2022 budget released Thursday:
“The provincial budget released today neglected to recognize historical underfunding in the community-based mental health and addictions sector. The province has committed $40 billion to hospital infrastructure, while the budget speech remained silent on community-based mental health and addictions services. Two years into this pandemic, we know Ontarians are weary and struggling. Polling we have conducted throughout the pandemic makes clear that we need to increase available resources to support more Ontarians. Nearly 80 percent believe that we will be in a mental health crisis when the pandemic is over..."