Message from the Board Chair

This year has marked a period of renewal and consolidation for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The commitment of the Government of Canada to extend the life of the MHCC allows us to build on the momentum of our first mandate in the planning of our future activities.

Consistent with this future orientation, throughout fiscal 2015/16, the Board of Directors has been active in the development of a five-year Strategic Plan. The 2017-2022 Strategic Plan is an ambitious and welcoming call to action that provides a guide for all of our future work in advancing Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. While the Strategic Plan outlines focused priorities, it also allows for broad interpretation of how these goals can be achieved in partnership with the many important stakeholders and contributors active in the promotion of mental health and wellness across Canada and around the world.

The federal government has taken significant steps to recognize mental health as a priority. This is reflected in the specific direction provided in the mandate letters of no fewer than five cabinet ministers when they took office in November. More recently, the commitment of the federal government to government-wide implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace provides further recognition of our work.

We look forward to working with the federal government, the governments of the provinces and territories, and our community-based stakeholders on the execution of our Strategic Plan and on the delivery of the recently completed Advancing the Mental Health Strategy for Canada: A Framework for Action.

The past year has brought significant change to our Board. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have served on the Board of Directors; in particular, Dr. David Goldbloom for his leadership during his term both as a Director and as Chair.

It has been my honour to complete my first year as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and I am pleased to submit this Annual Report highlighting the achievements of the MHCC during this period.