COF Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care Award

In February of 2022, Canada’s Premiers announced the Council of the Federation (COF) Award for Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care. 

Presented in each province and territory for an initiative that positively impacts mental health and addictions care, this new Award recognizes and supports one individual or organization from each jurisdiction that excels in the field.

Award recipients receive a certificate signed by their Premier and a $5,000 prize to advance the initiative and to foster further innovation. This one-time Award provides recognition and support for non-governmental, private sector, academic, and Indigenous-led initiatives.

Nomination Package for the Northwest Territories can be found here and will be accepted by email until April 30, 2022. To submit your package or for more information, please contact Isabel Gauthier: isabel_gauthier@gov.nt.ca.

Nominations received will be evaluated against other nominations received in the Northwest Territories based on three criteria: level of innovation, success of initiative and overall benefit to NWT residents. More details are provided in the Nomination Package.

Award recipients will be announced during the Council of the Federation’s 2022 summer meeting. Award presentations in the Northwest Territories and $5,000 prize will be provided in August/September 2022.

In spring 2021, the Council of Federation launched Promising Practices, a 13-episode podcast series to highlight innovative initiatives in mental health and addictions in each province and territory. Building on the success of the podcast, this Award demonstrates Premiers’ continued commitment to encouraging further innovation in this area and to reducing the stigma of mental illness.

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