OTTAWA - In an appearance before the House of Commons Finance Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada Vice President Jennifer Vornbrock today called on the federal government to make a commitment to renew the mandate of the Commission. Created in 2007 by the current government, the mandate of the Mental Health Commission is due to expire in 2017.

Citing a track record of operational performance and fiscal prudence, Ms. Vornbrock urged committee members to recommend an extension of the Commission’s mandate as a component of their pre-budget report to the House of Commons, stating; “We have enjoyed an excellent partnership with the Government of Canada, and today I am here to ask that we be able to continue our work together.”

Over the seven years since its creation, the Mental Health Commission has:

  • Worked with stakeholders across the country to create the Mental Health Strategy for Canada;
  • Trained over 100,000 Canadians to deliver Mental Health First Aid;
  • Launched the world’s first National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety;
  • Completed a pan-Canadian anti-stigma campaign;
  • Overseen a major, five-city homelessness research project that has delivered results that showed that for every $10 invested in Housing First, over $20 are saved in avoided service costs.

“Our work to date reflects the voices and wisdom of thousands of Canadians,” added Louise Bradley, President & CEO of the Commission. “We now need to take the Strategy and create and implement a Mental Health Action Plan which will improve the lives of those experiencing mental health problems and illnesses and their families.”

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has filed a pre-budget submission with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, as well as a brief that is available onlineRemarks delivered to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance by Jennifer Vornbrock, VP, Knowledge and Innovation


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