COVID-19: Canada announces $240m investment in mental health services, boosts child


The Government of Canada announced $240 million investment in mental health services and boosted the Canada Child Benefit to support the Canadians amid COVID-19 outbreak.

“The past few months have been tough for people across the country. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed or worried about making ends meet, we’re here for you. We’ve been focused on making sure you have the support you need since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and today we announced more help,” Prime Minister Trudeau said in a statement.

Trudeau further added ” We’re investing $240 million to bring health care online, including new platforms for mental health and primary care. If you’re looking for help to manage stress or support from a professional, we’re launching a new mental health platform for you.”

“That investment also includes funding for virtual care,” he said, adding that “If you have a doctor’s appointment but you don’t need to see them in person, this will help you stay safe at home and make sure our hospitals can stay focused on those who need it most.”

He also added “And if you have kids, you should be able to focus on keeping them safe right now – not worrying about the bills. So this month, you’ll get some extra help through the Canada Child Benefit. You’ll receive a one-time additional payment of $300 per child.”



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