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Canada's siloed and fragmented healthcare system is difficult to navigate, especially for people with mental health and/or addiction (MHA) issues. Yet, each year, 1 in 5 will experience a mental illness or addiction problem. By age 40, one half of Canadians will experience a mental illness – regardless of education, income level, or cultural background1.

The social and economic impact is staggering. And only a fraction of Canadians who need help receive it. 2 3 4 How can we translate insights from across Canada and abroad to transform policy and develop a strong framework for mental health and addictions?

KPMG's Canadian Healthcare Practice has developed a three-part report series which dives deep into the existing MHA system to find opportunities for improvement.

  1. The (Real) Barriers to Canada's Mental Health & Services
  2. In Search of the Perfect Mental Health System
  3. Reimagining the Future of Mental Health

Together, we'll develop a better mental health and addictions system that puts patients first in Canada. Let’s do this.


1 Smetanin et al. (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041. Prepared for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Toronto: RiskAnalytica.

2 Office of the Auditor General of Ontario (2016). Annual report 2016, volume 1. Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.

3 Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2015). Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, 2013. Data retrieved from

4 Patten et al. (2016). Major depression in Canada: what has changed over the past 10 years? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 61: 80-85. "Potentially adequate treatment" defined as "taking an antidepressant or 6 or more visits to a health professional for mental health reasons."

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