Wellness Together Canada portal: A message from Health Canada/Le portal l’Espace mieux être Canada : un message de Santé Canada

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Wellness Together Canada — Mental health resources for people of all ages

More than a year after the implementation of public health measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing stress and uncertainty to individuals and families across the country. If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time or if you are looking for resources to improve or nurture your well-being, please visit the Wellness Together Canada portal.


Through this service, individuals of all ages can access supports ranging from self-assessment and peer support, to sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals. Specialized supports for specific populations such as youth and frontline workers are also available.


Online mental health and substance use supports offered by the portal are free and confidential, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in English and French, and over the phone for those without internet access. With simultaneous interpretation available, it is possible to have consultation sessions by phone in more than 200 languages and dialects.


During Mental Health Week (May 3-9), we invite you to share this message with your clients, partners and members of your respective networks. Please also feel free to subscribe and amplify our social media posts on:


Thank you for helping us to spread the word!


Health Canada Atlantic Region



Espace mieux-être Canada — Des ressources en santé mentale pour les gens de tout âge

Plus d’un an après la mise en place des mesures de santé publique, la pandémie de COVID-19 suscite encore du stress et d’incertitude chez plusieurs personnes et familles de partout au pays. Si vous ou un proche vivez des moments difficiles ou si vous cherchez des ressources pour améliorer ou cultiver votre bien-être, visitez le portail Espace mieux-être Canada.


Grâce à ce service, les gens de tout âge peuvent obtenir divers types de soutien, comme des outils d’autoévaluation, du soutien par les pairs ou des séances avec des travailleurs sociaux, des psychologues et d’autres professionnels. Des services spécialisés pour des populations spécifiques telles que les jeunes et les travailleurs de première ligne sont aussi offerts.


Les services de soutien en ligne en matière de santé mentale et de consommation de substances offerts par le portail sont gratuits et confidentiels, disponibles 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine, en français et en anglais; et par téléphone pour les gens qui n’ont pas accès à Internet. Grâce à l’interprétation simultanée, il est possible d’avoir des séances de consultation téléphonique dans plus de 200 langues et dialectes.


Dans le cadre de la prochaine Semaine de la santé mentale (semaine du 3 au 9 mai), n’hésitez pas à partager ce message avec vos clients, vos partenaires et les membres de vos réseaux respectifs. Nous vous invitons à vous abonner et à partager les publications issues de nos réseaux sociaux :


Merci de nous aider à passer le mot !


Santé Canada, région de l’Atlantique – Région de l’Atlantique


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Intake experience for Disability Support Program

The Department of Community Services (DCS) has implemented a new Intake Function. This new function focuses on re-defining the Intake experience for Disability Support Program (DSP) and Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) applicants in a way that is needs-focused, support-driven and enhances the overall experience people have during Intake.

The new Intake Function will be a consolidated unit, with services delivered by a dedicated team of specialized Intake Caseworkers. A consolidated model means a more streamlined and consistent approach to Intake, which puts people and their needs first.

The Intake Function will be responsible for working with applicants and re-applicants to help determine which programs and services, including external resources, may best meet their needs. For DSP, the Intake Function will complete needs determination and registration, and if appropriate, assign an applicant to a Care Coordinator in their local office. It is important to note that financial eligibility will continue to be determined by Care Coordinators.

To expand access and better meet people’s needs, we’ll be providing a multi-channel approach to apply for Intake:
• by calling any DCS office or 1-877-424-1177 – callers will have the option to be routed to the next available Intake Caseworker
• by visiting any DCS office – upon arrival, they will be directed to an interview room where they will be connected, by phone, with an Intake Caseworker (in-person support will be provided when needed)
• through an online application option in the future – this option will be in addition to the phone & in-person services
These new channels mean that someone living at one end of the province will have access to the same services as someone living at another end of the province.

If you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can be reached at 1-902-424-0932 between 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday, or by sending an email to <a href=”mailto:CCSU@novascotia.ca”>CCSU@novascotia.ca</a>.


Medical Assistance In Dying Consultation

Please be aware that the Gov. of Canada is conducting a consultation on medical assistance in dying. They have released a questionnaire for people and organizations to provide best advice. There is a short turnaround for replies, two weeks.

I encourage you and your members to complete the questionnaire below.


Here is an article for review if you want more information on this issue.



Halifax has an Affordable Access Program

Halifax has an Affordable Access Program

Did you know Halifax has an Affordable Access Program, which includes the Low Income Transit Pass for using bus services? You may be eligible for this reduced cost bus pass or other services provided through the Affordable Access Program. Applications are open as of Tuesday, May 21 for the Affordable Access Program. To learn if you qualify, and to fill out the application form, call 311 or visit halifax.ca/affordableaccess. If you require any assistance with the Affordable Access Program your CPA Community Client Services Counsellor is available to assist you.

Canada Learning Bond

Canada Learning Bond

Halifax Super Clinic: Saturday, April 13, 2019; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Captain William Spry Community Center, 16 Sussex Street
Dartmouth Super Clinic: Tuesday, April 16, 2019; 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Dartmouth North Community Food Center, 140-6 Primrose Street

The Department of Community Services (DCS) is invested in the future of our children and breaking the cycle of poverty for Nova Scotian families. We know that post-secondary education savings can have a significant impact in increasing the likelihood a child will further their education past high school.

This is why DCS is proud to partner with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, Employment and Social Development Canada, Service Canada, SmartSAVER community project, and Service Nova Scotia to help Nova Scotian children from low and modest-income families receive money for their post-secondary education through the Canada Learning Bond.

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is a grant paid by the federal government providing between $500 and $2000 to eligible children for their post-secondary education, paid into Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) at no cost to families.

To date, the majority of eligible Nova Scotian families are not yet receiving CLB money. DCS is working to change that by building awareness and facilitating access. With our partners, we are helping families learn about and register for the CLB online and in person. Families can visit www.novascotiaclb.ca or go to one of five “Super Clinics” throughout the province where DCS staff will be on site to answer questions and help families register for the CLB. At the super clinics, families can also get help filing taxes, applying for SINs, and learning about benefits and services provided by Service Nova Scotia.

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You can learn more about this at www.novascotiaclb.ca.

Accessible Parking

Accessible Parking

Lists of accessible parking spaces in Halifax and Dartmouth:

Maps of accessible parking spaces in Halifax and Dartmouth:

Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance

Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance

The Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA) has been working hard to get Accessibility Canada Act passed.

If you would like to receive FALA updates to stay informed on progress, you are welcome to sign up as a member at  www.include-me.ca/join-us   FALA welcomes individual members.


Our campaign to have the Accessible Canada Act become law before the fall election now includes asking people to write letters to Canada’s PM, Minister Qualtrough, all Senators and their local MP expressing support for passing the Act. FALA provides an on line, one step process to make it quick and easy for anyone to send letters. Since we opened this opportunity yesterday afternoon, 33,176 letters have been sent by 319 people. This is encouraging, but we know that more letters = greater impact.


You can help by sending letters yourself. It only takes around a minute at this link.



Bill Adair                         

Executive Director