March 16, 2023 | Mississauga, Ontario | Public Health Agency of Canada
Young people deserve access to mental health and substance use supports when and where they need them. As we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking steps to respond to the evolving needs and concerns of youth, including young people from immigrant and newcomer communities.
Today, the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced $1 million in funding to Indus Community Services. The funding will facilitate the provision of mental health support to newcomers, international students, and refugee youth and younger adults in Peel Region’s South Asian communities. The project “Boost Wellness of Transitional Age Youth” aims to support approximately 1,000 youth and younger adults through education and supportive services with an emphasis on reducing isolation, fostering social connections, and promoting mental health and healing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic recovery.
Today’s investment builds on the historic announcement the Government of Canada made in February of $198.6 billion over 10 years to improve health care services for Canadians, reduce surgical backlogs, support health workers, and improve integrated mental health and substance use services. We will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that all people in Canada have the mental health and substance use supports they need to maintain their well-being now, and into the future.