In the throne speech, the Progressive Conservatives promised to maintain the funding for mental health and addictions previously put in place by the former Liberals government.

Operations Manager for the Canadian Mental Health Association of Muskoka-Parry Sound, Charlane Cluett says the CMHA is thrilled that the funding will continue. However, Cluett says it is not yet known where the funding will go at a local level.

Cluett says the funding is needed locally to address the key issues of affordable housing for CMHA residents and care for seniors. She says there has been recent progress.

Cluett says Kathleen Wynne and The Liberals funded various support services for people struggling with anxiety and depression including The Big White Wall and Bounce Back, as well as a cognitive behavioural therapist for the Parry Sound-Muskoka region.