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News release: June 29, 2023

Peel Region Launches Program to Support Mental Health of Social Assistance Clients

Brampton, ON. (June 29, 2023) - Peel Region is proud to announce the introduction of a new fund called the Wellness Response and Assistance Program (WRAP) to improve access to mental health services for clients who receive social assistance such as Ontario Works.

WRAP will provide funding for new projects or to increase capacity in existing programs offered by mental health service agencies and not-for-profit agencies. The program seeks to address addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues among some recipients of social assistance in Peel to help them take steps toward greater independence and improved quality of life.

WRAP will support eligible organizations that offer a range of services, including mental health and addiction counseling, harm reduction supplies, health education, needle exchange programs and substance use reduction initiatives. The program emphasizes the delivery of services through a culturally appropriate lens, recognizing the unique contributions and abilities of all individuals, including equity deserving groups. Furthermore, WRAP encourages innovative thinking to ensure that programs and services effectively address the diverse needs of the community.

Funding parameters for WRAP include up to $100,000 per agency, with a maximum of 10% allowed for administrative costs within the overall funding request. All funds must be spent by July 31, 2024, and any unspent funds will be subject to funding recoveries. For a comprehensive list of eligible expenses, please refer to the WRAP Statement of Intent.

Key details for interested organizations:

Peel Region encourages all eligible organizations to apply for the WRAP to contribute to the mental well-being of recipients of social assistance in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga. By joining forces, we can foster a stronger, more resilient community that supports individuals facing mental health and other challenges.

Peel Region's Community Investment Program (CIP) acknowledges the vital role of the not-for-profit sector in meeting community needs through programs and services. CIP offers many other funding opportunities for agencies, including the 2023 Capacity Fund that supports capacity building activities and tools for Peel's not-for-profit sector. The aim is to strengthen organizations and ensure optimal programs and services for our vulnerable community members. In this cycle, approved projects addressing COVID-19 recovery, restorative, and maintenance phases will receive investment from CIP. To learn more about the Capacity Fund, as well as the other funds available, please visit Funds Community Investment Program - Region of Peel (

Community organizations in Peel are valuable partners in reaching people in need of life support and stability. The Wellness Response and Assistance Program (WRAP) will enable agencies to reach more social assistance clients with compassionate, quality services to support their mental health and wellness. The higher cost of living is adding significantly to the pressures faced by those with low incomes and this funding will make a significant difference in the lives of people facing addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.

Sean Baird, Commissioner of Human Services at Peel Region

Media contact

Ann-Marie Koumettou
Communication Specialist 
Region of Peel

About Peel Region

In 2024, Peel Region marks its 50th anniversary. Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe, and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information explore and follow us on X @regionofpeel and Instagram

On December 13, 2023, the Ontario government announced that Peel Region will not be dissolved, and that Bill 112 legislation will be updated to reflect service delivery in Peel. Services for residents and businesses will continue without interruption. For updates and more information, visit Peel's transition page.