Where to Find Accessible Mental Health Care Across Canada

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For many of us, therapy is an essential part of our lives. But the reality is: Accessing mental health services is a privilege—sky-high costs and seemingly endless wait times mean so many people are struggling to get by without critical support.

In some provinces and territories (like the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador), psychiatrists are covered by provincial/territorial health insurance, but psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors are not. In the Yukon, Nunavut, British Columbia and Manitoba, therapy is only covered if it’s through a hospital or a mental health institution. In Saskatchewan, only mental health services treated through the Saskatchewan Health Authority are covered.

That means that most people are left paying out of pocket. Fortunately, there are a number of…

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