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Canada and Ontario Invest in School Infrastructure to Respond to the Impacts of COVID-19

Projects will enhance health and safety protection for students and staff

April 14, 2021

OTTAWA — The governments of Canada and Ontario announced $656.5 million in funding to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province’s schools.   The infrastructure upgrades were announced by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure for Ontario, and...

This is your brain on pandemic: What chronic stress is doing to us

April 1, 2021

Back in the 1980s, there was a public service announcement on TV that you may remember — or may have seen on YouTube.   A guy in a kitchen held up an egg and said, “This is your brain.” Then he cracked the egg into a hot frying pan, and said, “This is your brain on...

Eating disorders spiked during the pandemic, and that forced a rethink in how they are treated

March 12, 2021

Sarah White sets a timer to remind herself to eat. She sets it six times a day so that she eats three meals and three snacks.   White says she’s always been a “picky eater.” But when she started working from home, her routine was interrupted and her already difficult relationship with food became dangerous....

Crafting Connections in a Landscape of Uncertainty

CICMH's 2021 Virtual Conference

March 9, 2021


Ontario Increases Mental Health Funding for Postsecondary Students

Investment will expand access to mental health and addiction services during COVID-19

February 9, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing $7 million to help increase access to mental health and addiction services for postsecondary students during COVID-19. The funding will provide more supports for students, both on-campus and virtually and can also be used to address the needs of vulnerable and diverse groups, such as Indigenous students, LGBTQ...

Virtual classes, part-time studies and deferred starts: How teens are facing post-secondary in a pandemic

February 4, 2021

As classes at many Canadian colleges and universities continue online, a new crop of students is already priming for September — without knowledge of what school will look like come autumn.     “It is too early to say what the world will look like at the beginning of the next academic year. Our recommendation to students and universities is...

Ontario Strengthens Sexual Violence and Harassment Policies at Postsecondary Institutions

Proposed changes aimed at reducing student concerns about stigma and fear

January 27, 2021

TORONTO – The Ontario Government is proposing changes to sexual violence and harassment policies at postsecondary institutions to ensure that students alleging an instance of sexual  violence and harassment are not faced with irrelevant questions about their sexual history, and do not face repercussions for violating an institution’s drug and alcohol policy. The proposed changes...

Experts say pandemic fuelling apparent spike in eating disorders among adolescents

January 20, 2021

Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press   Published Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:43AM EST     TORONTO — Pediatric and mental health experts say pandemic stress is driving a spike in eating disorders among adolescents and teens, pointing to school disruptions, social isolation and infection fears as destabilizing factors that could have long-term physical and mental...

CMHA Ontario applauds province’s $147 million investment in mental health and addictions services

December 17, 2020

(Toronto, Dec. 17, 2020) – The following is a statement from Camille Quenneville, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, in reaction to today’s announcement from the Ontario government of a $147 million investment in mental health and addictions services to support capacity pressures during COVID-19:    “We’re thankful for the provincial government’s commitment of...

Ontario Invests in Virtual Learning Strategy

Province strengthens its position as a global leader in postsecondary education

December 11, 2020

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $50 million in virtual learning and educational technologies to help expand access to high-quality, market-responsive, and globally competitive “Ontario Made” education. The move will strengthen the province’s position as a global leader in the postsecondary sector. “This is an historic investment that will support lifelong learners in achieving...
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