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Homelessness

Ontario Investing in 1,000 Supportive Housing Units

Expanding Mental Health Services Across the Province

Queens Park - Ontario is investing $16.2 million in 1,000 supporting housing units across the province, including $4 million for 248 supportive housing units in 2016-17.

Supportive housing is critical to reducing homelessness among people with mental illness and addictions. Housing with supports, such as counselling or addictions treatment, delivers better outcomes for individuals with mental health and addictions challenges, and reduces the risk that people will become homeless.

As part of the continuing expansion of mental health services, Ontario is also providing $2 million to 10 Indigenous organizations to examine the unique mental health and addictions issues facing Indigenous peoples across the province. These organizations will seek input and advice from their local communities and membership, and provide key recommendations to the Ontario government.

Investing in supportive housing spaces, and understanding the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples, are critical parts of the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy aims to create a province where every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential and contribute in a prosperous and healthy Ontario.

Expanding access to mental health and addictions services is also part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.

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