Saskatchewan’s health minister is answering questions about a move to defer mental health funding.
The federal government provided over six million dollars to Saskatchewan for mental health funding, but the province is only using 3.1 million of it for this year.
Jim Reiter says the deferment has been done to target it for areas of need.
“We were going to make sure we made good use of the money and you’ll be seeing that in short order but I read a listen in the house of where we targeted the money that we did spend in the current fiscal year. Other money is not going to be wasted, its going to be added incrementally in the upcoming budget.” stated Reiter.
He says the targeted funding, which is included in the April 10th budget, will include investing in expanding current programs and creating new mental health ones across Saskatchewan.