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Farmer mental health initiatives in Ontario get $8 million boost

October 11, 2023  By Government of Ontario

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $8 million through the Sustainable CAP to support the mental health and wellness of farmers and their families.

With this commitment, the Farmer Wellness Initiative, the In the Know program and the Guardian Network will continue to be available to everyone who needs them. These initiatives are designed to meet the unique mental health needs of farmers and their families and are delivered by the Ontario Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

“Our farmers and their families face unique challenges, often due to forces that are beyond their control. This can have a severe impact on their mental health, and we will continue to invest in targeted initiatives to support them,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food. “By increasing awareness of the resources that are available, we can provide crucial support to our farming communities when they need it most.”


“A life in agriculture is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, but it also comes with unique stressors and challenges,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “This investment will ensure the right resources are in place to support Ontario’s hardworking agriculture community when and where they need it.”

To ensure more people in the agricultural community know about the supports available to them, a new promotional initiative is being launched called the Sowing the Seeds of Wellness Initiative. It will make promotional materials available to eligible general farm and commodity organizations for use and display at member events. Funding will also be available over the next two years so organizations can produce customized materials, engage speakers, and/or develop other promotional activities that will provide farmers and their families with mental health-related information.

“Through the Roadmap to Wellness, we are making it possible for everyone in Ontario to access timely and low-barrier mental health services,” said Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s associate minister of mental health and addictions. “Farmers work day-in and day-out to provide the resources we all need, so they deserve our full support.”

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