Mental HealthPublished on May 25, 2018
Our Party will invest $1.9 billion over 10 years in mental health, addictions, and housing supports. This investment will be matched by the federal government resulting in a $3.8 billion investment.
It’s time to take mental health as seriously as any other form of health, and with
this investment an Ontario PC government will. We’re going to make sure that
those struggling with addictions or mental illness get the help they need. This is the right thing to do, for the people and for the families who need help the most.
An Ontario PC government will also work closely with the Canadian Mental
Association, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario to ensure value for money to make these investments. For those who are frustrated, who are looking for help, or are worried about a family member, our message to you is help is on the way.
Support for Children with Autism and their Families
An Ontario PC Government will maintain the Ontario Autism Program, but we will enhance it by adding $100 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year. This is an increase of $38 million from the Liberal’s 2018 budget promise.
This money will be used to help increase the number of children accessing services and reduce delays for families to get access to these services.
In addition, we will review how to implement a province wide approval of autism service dogs in schools across the province – something which our candidate Amy Fee has fought for after her child’s service dog was rejected from a Kitchener-Waterloo area school.
Lastly, our childcare rebate includes an increased amount to claim against if a child has severe mental or physical disabilities. Parents can claim against $11,000 of expenses, instead of $9,000 of expenses – meaning the maximum they can receive for a rebate is $8,250.