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One in five Toronto-area workers has mental health issue, while job insecurity is making it worse: study

Written by Stephen Davis
Published in the National Post

In a region that serves as an engine for the Canadian economy, a large portion of the workforce is coping with mental health issues while perched above a moth-eaten, dodgy-looking social safety net, according to a new report.

A report from CivicAction released Monday found that nearly 21 per cent of the labour force in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Arrea (GTHA) is living with a current mental health issue. Roughly 31 per cent of the workforce, according to the report, has experienced a mental health issue in the past.

And as the GTHA accounts for one-fifth of the country’s economy, CivicAction sees the impact in stark financial terms: “a total of almost $17 billion in lost productivity” over the next decade.

“I think anything that affects half of us is a big deal,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction, a non-profit organization that looks to improve life in the country’s largest urban area.

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