If elected, the Conservative Party is promising it will encourage employers to add mental-health coverage to their benefits plans by offering a tax credit for 25 per cent of the cost of this additional coverage for the first three years.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party is promising Canadians increased access to free mental-health services through a new mental-health transfer to provinces and territories. According to its federal election platform, the party would commit to permanent, ongoing funding for mental-health services through the transfer, with an initial investment of $4.5 billion over five years.
In addition, the Liberals said they would review access to disability benefits and programs to ensure availability of resources for people experiencing mental-health challenges. The party would also establish a fund to support the mental health of Black Canadians in the public service. And it would partner with federally regulated employers and labour groups to co-develop a right-to-disconnect policy for workers.
And the New Democratic Party said it would cover the cost of mental-health prescriptions under its proposed pharmacare plan, while providing mental-health care for uninsured Canadians at no cost.