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CMHA responds to incorrect and misleading comments by Nova Scotia Community Services Minister

April 22, 2015

In a CBC News interview (April 17, 2015), Joanne Bernard, Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services, was quoted saying that her government is “[…] not looking at funding national organizations that have millions of dollars in bank accounts nationally that they can filter down into the provinces as need be”.

CMHA National along with CMHA Nova Scotia responded promptly with a letter to the Minister expressing their shared displeasure and concern over the Minister’s incorrect and misleading statement.

While some Canadian charities may have national offices that are in a position to fund their regional operations, CMHA is not one of them. CMHA National does not have “millions of dollars in bank accounts” and additionally, many of the 100+ CMHA organizations across Canada are in fact independently incorporated not-for-profit corporations who work directly with provincial governments to design, develop and deliver services and are in turn, partially funded by those governments.

Recently, CMHA Nova Scotia has had its government funding drastically reduced.

You can read more about CMHA Nova Scotia’s recent funding changes and the full letter submitted to Minister Bernard here.

 

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