Government pledges $49 million for mental and physical health programs for students

The Liberal government has kicked off the school year by announcing 49 million dollars over three years for new and expanded programs to help the mental and physical health of students.

Funding is being doubled to 12-million dollars for school boards for local well-being initiatives such as breakfast programs, anti-bullying programs and recreational activities.

The provincial support team that helps boards promote student mental health across Ontario is getting an extra six-million dollars while six-million is also being provided for new and expanded programming to support staff well-being and classroom violence prevention.

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter says in a statement that students are better able to learn when they feel safe and welcome at school, and have the tools to lead their lives with confidence and resiliency.