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Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

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Addiction & the Opioid Crisis

Liberal

  • Introduce a comprehensive strategy.
  • Invest $25M for public education to reduce stigma.
  • Invest $500M to support provinces & territories in providing evidence-based treatment.
  • Support provinces & territories to create standards for substance use treatment programmes.
  • Repeal relevant mandatory minimum penalties & require police & Crown to consider diverting people out of the criminal justice system.

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Conservative

  • Invest $325M over 3 years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds & build 50 recovery community centres.
  • Support innovative projects.
  • Partner with provinces to ensure Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

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NDP

  • Declare a public health emergency.
  • Work with all levels of government & health experts to decriminalise drug addiction & end stigma surrounding it.
  • Work with the provinces & health professionals to create a safe supply of medically-regulated alternatives.
  • Support overdose prevention sites.
  • Expand access to treatment-on-demand.
  • Launch an investigation into the role drug companies may have played.

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Green

  • Declare the drug poisoning crisis a national public health emergency.
  • Remove criminal penalties for personal possession & use of all drugs.
  • Legislate the change rather than relying on informal or discretionary measures.
  • Increase funding to community-based organisations to test drugs & support users.
  • Implement a national education & distribution program for Naloxone.
  • Ensure a safe supply.

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Mental Health Courts

Liberal

  • Work with provinces & territories to expand access to mental health courts.
  • Expand access to culturally appropriate, trauma-informed mental health services for Indigenous peoples that access treatment through mental health courts.

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Mental Health Coverage

Conservative

Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years.
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NDP

  • Bring in mental health coverage for uninsured Canadians.
  • Work with the provinces & territories to implement a comprehensive approach to mental health services.

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Mental Health Services

Liberal

  • Create a new federal money transfer to provinces & territories to assist in expanding high-quality, accessible, & free mental health services, with standards for timeliness, universality, & cultural competence.
  • Invest $4.5B over 5 years in the new transfer.
  • Fund a national, 3-digit mental health crisis & suicide prevention hot-line.

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Conservative

  • Propose provinces partner with us to ensure an additional 1M people/year can receive mental health treatment.
  • Provide $150M over 3 years in grants to non-profits & charities providing mental health & wellness programming.
  • Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline.

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NDP

Work with the provinces & territories to implement a comprehensive approach to mental health services.
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Green

  • Establish a national mental health strategy & a suicide prevention strategy.
  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritise expansion of mental health & rehabilitation services, & call for mental health services as medically necessary.
  • Increase direct federal funding for community-based mental healthcare.
  • Invest in community supportive housing.

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Miscarriages & Stillbirth

Liberal

Provide up to 5 new paid leave days for federally regulated employees who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth.
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Conservative

  • Allow support parents who have experienced a miscarriage three days of paid bereavement leave.
  • Ensure EI parental is extended for at least 8 weeks following the death of an infant.
  • Provide up to 8 weeks of paid leave from employment after a child's death or stillbirth.
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Green

Expand parental leave to include leave following miscarriages.
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Perinatal Mental Health

NDP

Implement a national perinatal mental health strategy.

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Youth Mental Health

Liberal

Introduce a new fund for student well-being to improve wait times & increase access to mental healthcare at colleges & universities, with $500M invested over four years, and 10% dedicated annually to Indigenous-governed & operated post-secondary institutions.

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Green

  • Provide specific funding for early mental health interventions.
  • Launch a targeted strategy to ensure timely access to mental health services for young people & children.
  • Provide funding for prevention, treatment, & research related to youth mental health.
  • Call for a national study on the impact of phones & social media on mental health in adolescents.

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