Prime Minister expected to announce new mental health supports during Sunday address

Prime Minister expected to announce new mental health supports during Sunday address


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to discuss funding for mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis and will share more details on a previously announced top-up to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) during his address to Canadians Sunday. 

The prime minister will deliver the remarks from his Rideau Cottage home in Ottawa, following a break from his usual daily updates on Saturday. CBCNews.ca will carry it live.

Last month, Health Minister Patty Hajdu unveiled an online portal aimed at linking Canadians of all ages to support workers and mental health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The launch came as some experts warned of an “echo pandemic” — a secondary public health crisis revolving around mental illness and substance use due to the widespread impact of the novel coronavirus. 

The economic fallout from the pandemic has led to heightened concerns over Canadians’ financial stability. A lack of social support due to prolonged periods of isolation and safety fears from frontline workers are further compounding mental health concerns across the country.

The prime minister is also expected to provide more details on a boost to the Canada Child Benefit that will see eligible families receiving an extra $300 per child as part of their regular May payment.

During today’s noon briefing, Procurement Minister Anita Anand is planning to give an update on the status of Canada’s procurement efforts and will be joined by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.

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