About mental health and addictions

Please visit the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance member websites to learn more about mental health and addictions in Ontario.

About elections in Ontario

Elections Ontario

Elections Ontario is a non-partisan agency of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and is responsible for organizing and conducting the province’s elections under the direction of the Chief Electoral Officer.   The Elections Ontario website provides extension information, such as:

Count Us In: Removing Barriers to Political Participation – Quick Reference Guide to Accessible All Candidates Meetings (July 2007)

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) had published a resource about how to organize accessible all candidates meetings.  This guide provides detailed information and support for event organizers. 

About Ontario’s major political parties

Please visit our The Parties page for more information about Ontario’s major political parties.

About system reform in Ontario

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

In 2011, the Ontario government launched a new strategy for mental health and addictions. “Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy” aims to be a person-centred approach, across the life span. The strategy is intersectoral and inter-ministerial in scope and is intended to align with various other Ontario initiatives, including new strategies arising from the Excellent Care Act for All Act, the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Early Learning Strategy and the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. Ontario’s new mental health and addiction strategy has four guiding goals:

  • improve mental health and well-being for all Ontarians
  • create healthy, resilient, inclusive communities
  • identify mental health and addictions problems early and intervene
  • provide timely, high quality, integrated, person-centred health and other human services.

The strategy’s focus in the first three years was on children and youth. Supports for this target population address three key areas: fast access to high-quality services, early identification and intervention and supporting kids with unique needs and bridging services gaps for remote communities.

Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions

The Select Committee is an all-party committee formed by the Ontario legislature.  From March 2009 to May 2010, this committee consulted with consumers, family members, service providers, and experts across the province to identify system needs and ways to improve access to services and supports.  It is expected that findings will inform the development of the provincial mental health and addictions strategy, although the committee operates separately from the MAG.

About services and supports across Ontario

ConnexOntario Health Services Information

ConnexOntario Health Services Information operates the Drug and Alcohol Helpline, the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline, and the Mental Health Helpline.  These three services provide individuals information and/or referrals about mental health and addictions services and supports in their area of the province.