Strengthening Canada’s COVID-19 recovery


While Canada has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic better than many nations, months of physical distancing and social isolation have taken a drastic toll. According to data from the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health monitoring survey, 77% of Canadian adults feel negative emotions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Prioritizing investments in ethnoculturally appropriate care for mental health initiatives, such as free and subsidized non-pharmacological therapy, as a cornerstone of our country’s COVID-19 recovery. This should be undertaken in partnership with provincial governments.
  • Maintaining funding levels for ethnocultural social services established during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Government of Canada is in the process of implementing the Canada Mental Health Transfer in partnership with the provinces. Click here for CIJA's updated policy on support for social services.