Kitchener-Waterloo

Waterloo region college, universities get $1.2M for mental health and addictions

The province has announced $1.2 million in funding for Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University so the schools can expand mental health and addiction services.

Money will help schools 'expand the necessary supports and services,' MPPS say

Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo have received provincial cash to improve mental health and addiction services for students. (Shutterstock / BlurryMe)

The province has pledged $1.2 million to post-secondary schools in Waterloo region to help expand mental health and addiction services on campus.

As part of the announcement:

  • University of Waterloo will receive $500,160.
  • Wilfrid Laurier University will receive $415,599.
  • Conestoga College will receive $366,766.

The local funding announced Wednesday is part of a previous announcement by the province in October 2020 to invest $19.25 million into mental health supports for post-secondary students and another announcement earlier this month to spend an additional $7 million on expanding services at campuses across Ontario.

In a joint statement, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris and Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee said the funding will help the schools "expand the necessary supports and services their students need for their mental health and well-being."

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