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Ontario Hosts PTSD Summit

Making Progress on Prevention

  • Issued: October 25, 2016
  • Content last reviewed: October 2016


Today, the Government of Ontario brought together workers, employers, experts and advocates from a wide range of sectors for the inaugural Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Summit.

Participants shared their experiences and best practices in order to help mitigate and prevent PTSD. The day’s main focus was on developing prevention plans, which are crucial to the success of PTSD programs and initiatives in all sectors.

Keynote speaker Bob Delaney, a former New Jersey police officer, shared his experiences and thoughts on the importance of post-traumatic stress disorder prevention. Mr. Delaney developed PTSD while working undercover during a three-year investigation of organized crime. His story has been featured on HBO and ABC, and in newspaper and magazine articles across the globe.

PTSD Summit participants also heard from a variety of experts and leaders who have spearheaded change within their organizations. Innovative approaches to support cultural changes and engage families and coworkers were highlighted, with participants collaborating to find ways to enhance the mental health and safety of employees.

Investing in these kinds of resources to help workers and employers succeed is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow Ontario’s economy and help people in their everyday lives.


"Mental health in the workplace is an issue that demands the attention of everyone: employers, employees, unions and government. The goal of this Summit is to elevate the conversation around PTSD and take the next step toward preventative help for those at risk. The lessons learned and best practices shared here will propel sectors in which PTSD is prevalent to implement cultural and organizational change, with an emphasis on prevention, making workplaces healthier and safer."

—Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour


  • In April 2016, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 163 that created a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders is work-related.
  • In 2010, Minister Flynn chaired Ontario’s Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions. He subsequently introduced a private member’s bill that endorsed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The bill passed with all-party support in September 2013.
  • The Canadian Mental Health Commission has reported that, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experience a mental health illness, with a cost to the economy of more than $50 billion.


Read Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mandate letter to Minister Kevin Flynn.

Michael Speers, Minister’s Office, 416-325-6955
Janet Deline, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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