- June, 14 2017
- Kathleen Qu, M.Sc
The need to invest in Mental Health is no longer in dispute. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) first released the report on Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in 2013. In March 2017, the MHCC released Strengthening the Case for Investing in Canada’s Mental Health System: Economic Considerations
to identify areas for strategic mental health funding to improve the mental health of Canadians.
Chronic underfunding has exacerbated the enormous toll mental health takes on people in Canada, both in human and economic terms. In 2015, the $15.8 billion spent by the public and private sectors for mental health care represents only 7.2% of Canada’s total health spending, measuring well below Canada’s G8 peers. This leaves many unmeet needs on services. In 2012, an estimated 1.6...