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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...

As the pandemic takes a mental toll on Quebec students, teachers are trying new ways to keep them learning

October 29, 2020

Teachers in Quebec are facing students wracked by stress and anxiety related to the pandemic, but they are also finding new ways of ensuring that learning still happens amid the upheaval.   Across the province, teachers at all grade levels are adapting their classrooms and lesson plans to a student body they say is more...

Cancelled high school exams won't affect post-secondary admissions, universities say

October 19, 2020

As several school boards in Ontario decide to scrap exams during the pandemic, universities are reassuring students that the move won’t affect their post-secondary plans.   School boards in Toronto, Peel Region and Durham Region are among those that have announced the cancellation of exams, saying the move is aimed at reducing student stress and...

Ontario Increases Mental Health Funding for Postsecondary Students

Investment will increase access to more programs, community services and mental health workers

October 6, 2020

The Ontario government is investing $19.25 million into mental health supports for postsecondary students in 2020-21, an increase of $3.25 million over last year. This funding will help students by strengthening community partnerships and increasing the number of mental health workers and programs at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes.   Having mental health supports in...

A study’s surprising revelation about which students are faring better under the pandemic

September 30, 2020

By Nadine Yousif Local Journalism Initiative Reporter   A new study out of the University of Toronto revealed surprising results, researchers say, on how student mental health has fared during COVID-19 and under the pandemic mandated campus shutdown earlier.   Full article found here.
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