Doing Our Part

Essential Workers Support Program


Please note: the current bursary waiting list is full for the next several months. We anticipate another intake in the fall.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, EHN-Canada has seen an increased demand for addiction and mental health services across the country and essential workers are no exception. Indeed, while we recognize and celebrate the resilience and ingenuity of our essential workers, we know that many of them are facing unprecedented trauma and stress related to the ever-changing challenges of the pandemic and its resulting crisis. We also recognize that many of these workers, whose governments have deemed them essential, are unable to qualify for government financial assistance.

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, EHN Canada has launched the Essential Worker Support Program.  Open to essential workers from all provinces including grocery retail, transit, fire, police, paramedic, medical staff, and any other occupations active in response to the pandemic, the bursary will cover the cost of residential treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or concurrent mood or anxiety disorder. This emergency relief will provide support to several people with urgent mental health and addiction needs either related to or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through specialized programs offered either at our Edgewood or Bellwood sites, we hope that some of our heroic essential workers will be able to find the help, support and peace they need to go on and lead the connected, well-lived lives they deserve.

Financial Award Criteria

  • Applicants must identify and validate their status as an “essential worker.” This can be a broad definition accompanied by a description if it is not clear.
  • Successful applicants must have an SUD, PTSD and/or concurrent mood or anxiety disorder
  • Applicants must be 19+ years.
  • The financial award is intended to assist patients in the cost or residential (inpatient) treatment at an Edgewood Health Network (EHN) facility ONLY.
  • Financial awards are not intended to cover payments for past treatment.
  • EHN reserves the right to award financial assistance to those they deem eligible. EHN reserves the right to manage the award as it sees fit.
  • Eligible participants agree to abide by the policies and procedures of the chosen residential treatment facility.

Process for Reviewing Applications

  1. Once you have completed and submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the Clinical Team, who will provide feedback regarding any missing or unclear information.
  2. The Clinical Director will review all applications. Financial awards will be based on the following criteria:
    1. Frontline status
    2. Financial need
    3. Urgency of need (based on treatment team recommendations and presenting information)
    4. Commitment to treatment program and motivation to change
    5. Strength of support structure post treatment
  3. If additional information is required, the applicant will be contacted by the treatment facility.
  4. Award amounts will be based on the criteria listed above, the number of applications, available funds, and the potential cost of treatment.
  5. The treatment facility reserves the right to make any exceptions to the criteria as is deemed necessary.
  6. The Financial Award expires 60 days from the estimated treatment start date as per the application, but the applicant may reapply.
  7. The Financial Award does not cover “no shows” or penalties incurred with the treatment provider.


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Safety precautions against COVID-19

COVID-19 should not prevent someone from being able to receive life-saving addiction and mental health treatment. Rest assured that we are taking every step possible to protect our current patient population from contracting the infection.

Our facilities have policies and protocols in place to protect patients, including screening new patients, limiting visitors, and moving aftercare groups to online meetings.

Continue to our action plan to see what we are doing to protect our patients from COVID-19.