Investment in Mental Health and Technology Supports for StudentsPublished on June 22, 2020
The government is making a major investment in mental health and to purchase over 35,000 devices (computers and tablets) for students. These new resources will help ensure students can return to school with the confidence and the tools they need to succeed. This funding represents the highest amount the Ministry of Education has ever dedicated to these two areas through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN).
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted student mental health and well-being. This is why the government is significantly increasing investments in supporting the mental health of students as we prepare for the reopening of schools.
This investment represents a considerable increase in mental health funding that will help ensure critical front-line and wrap-around supports are helping those Ontario students who need it most. This new $10 million investment will provide students with unprecedented direct access to regulated mental health professionals and significantly reduce wait times. This funding is in addition to the government’s commitment of $25 million in permanent funding to hire approximately 180 front-line mental health workers in secondary schools across Ontario.
The mental health and well-being of Ontario’s students and staff continues to remain a top priority for our government.
COVID-19 is forcing the world around us to change, to adapt, and to embrace the digital landscape. As such, the government will invest more in student computers, technology, and internet than any government in Ontario history because we want our youth to retain a competitive advantage.
The Province is investing $15 million to secure up to 35,000 classroom computers. This new technology will help ensure students who face difficulty accessing technology are able to leverage these tools to succeed in the 2020-21 school year.
By delivering this funding, we are sending a signal to the country: Ontario is investing in our kids, closing the digital divide, and taking action to ensure all students have the best opportunity to learn when returning to school in the fall.
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