Policy on Chronic Mental Illness in Canada: Current Status and Future Directions

  • Gaston P. Harnois
Part of the International Perspectives Series: Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience book series


Canada has a population of 26 million people living in 10 provinces; 80% of the population lives within 100 k of the US border. It is estimated that 0.9% of Canadians have or have had schizophrenia, with men being at somewhat higher risk overall than women (1% vs 0.7%, respectively).1 New cases requiring hospitalization occur at a rate of about 0.05% nationwide.2 Like most countries in the West, Canada has transferred a large number of schizophrenic patients from institutional settings into the community in recent years. It is estimated that there is one hospitalized schizophrenic patient for every four living in the community.3 However, funding for community programs for schizophrenics continues to be considerably below that allocated for institutional care in Canada.3


Mental Health Schizophrenic Patient Psychiatric Hospital Community Mental Health Center Mental Health Policy 
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