Liberals pledge $4.5B for mental health; will create transfer for provinces, territories


Justin Trudeau says a re-elected Liberal government would give provinces and territories $4.5 billion over five years in funding for mental health.

The Liberal leader says the funding would be delivered through a new, permanent mental health transfer.

He is also promising $500 million over fours years to increase access to mental health on university and college campuses, which he says will support the hiring of 1,200 mental health counsellors.

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Tuesday’s announcement, made in Ottawa, also includes the creation of a national, three-digit suicide prevention and mental health support hotline.

A Conservative motion to create such a hotline was unanimously supported by the House of Commons last December.

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It’s the Liberals’ second mental health announcement in as many days — on Monday, they pledged $1.4 billion in additional funding over five years to co-develop an Indigenous mental health strategy.

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