A new mental health support program for hospitality workers has launched in Canada

A digital platform to increase accessibility to mental health education

This week, Toronto-based non-profit organization Not 9 to 5 announced the launch of a new online platform that will provide Canadian foodservice professionals with the necessary tools to both understand and overcome issues related to mental health in the hospitality industry.  

CNECTing is a training and certification course that was developed through funding by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre to increase accessibility to mental health education through content that addresses specific topics of concern within the hospitality industry, including stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use—all of which have only become more problematic since the onset of the pandemic.


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“By providing industry specific resources and certifications like CNECTing, we can support our members, and an industry that, pre-pandemic, employed over 1.2 million Canadians, which can help improve the industry's overall well-being,” says Roberto Sarjoo, director of marketing at Restaurants Canada.

CNECTing certification is priced at $44.95, however, hospitality workers and business owners can join CNECTing for free to gain access to a selection of online tools including an educational guidebook.