Applications for Innovation Initiatives funding now being accepted

We’re pleased to open another round of Innovation Initiatives grants — worth up to $50,000 each — to help agencies and service providers throughout Ontario add to, or improve, their virtual mental healthcare offerings to better serve their clients now and post-pandemic.

While service providers throughout Ontario’s child and youth mental health sector have been exploring how best to integrate virtual care options for some time, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic quickly made virtual care options essential now. As agencies throughout Ontario shifted to deliver care using a range of technologies, we set out on an evaluation project with Children’s Mental Health Ontario to learn about the process of implementing virtual care and the impacts on clients and service providers.

We learned about what was working well and what wasn’t and developed several recommendations. Now, we’re asking agencies to take those recommendations forward, addressing one or more of them in their project proposals. See the Innovation page for more about our Innovation Initiatives and the focus of this round, including key dates and eligibility information.