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Create two new centres of excellence in veterans’ care, including one with a specialization in mental health, PTSD, and related issues for veterans.

Liberal Platform Page 50 October 5, 2015
Achieved
Aug 2019

VAC announces creation of second Centre of Excellence

Government News Release August 01, 2019

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced the funding for the Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain at McMaster University. The Centre of Excellence will focus on the creation and distribution of knowledge and research on chronic pain, one of the most prevalent health concerns among the Canadian Veteran population.

May 2018

Veterans say Ottawa’s planned PTSD research centre falls short of what was promised

CBC News May 07, 2018

Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan announced Monday the creation of a new 'centre of excellence' at the Royal Ottawa Health Group to research post-traumatic stress injury disorder, delivering on promises made during the last election campaign and in the federal budget.

The centre will conduct applied research and share its findings with mental health providers nationwide.

Despite the negative title of this article, insofar as the promise wording is concerned, this qualifies as progress as the first centre of excellence is now opened in Ottawa.

Mar 2017

Creating a Centre of Excellence on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Related Mental Health Conditions

2017 Federal Budget March 22, 2017

Our women and men in uniform are often exposed to traumatic stress, which can lead to psychological injuries. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very serious mental health issue, which negatively affects our veterans and their families.

In order to improve the well-being of our veterans living with PTSD, Budget 2017 proposes to create a Centre of Excellence on PTSD and related mental health conditions. The Centre would have a strong focus on the creation and dissemination of knowledge on prevention, assessment and treatment of PTSD and related mental health conditions for veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members. Budget 2017 proposes to invest $17.5 million over four years, starting in 2018–19, and $9.2 million per year ongoing, to ensure the Centre has the tools it needs to make a difference in the lives of our veterans.