Thank you very much to all of our witnesses for being here today, either in person or by videoconference.
My first question today I will perhaps direct to you, Mr. Mantler, as well as to the team in Toronto who are working with the city.
Obviously the study is on poverty, but recent information, in terms of both our labour market and more broadly in the direction that our economy is taking in our country, is indicating that there is a rise in precarious work. One of the things I've been involved with is a national tour on the rise of precarious work in the millennial generation.
We've done consultations across the country, and while I'm an older millennial myself and know from my peers, from my friends, and from my family what this phenomenon looks like, I've been truly taken aback by how often the issue of mental health is brought up in the context of either living in conditions of unemployment or under-employment, and of course we're talking about a chronic, long-term situation here. Young people are making that very clear connection. Obviously we've heard some very heartbreaking stories, and they're calling for help.
One of the things I've heard extensively throughout these consultations is the need for a mental health strategy at the federal level, as well as pharmacare, recognizing that many young people are now in work where having access to benefits is but a dream.
I'm wondering if you've heard about some of these discussions that are emerging. Also, do you see an important role for the federal government in looking at a strategy in this area, obviously with resources backing it up, as well as a pharmacare strategy?
We'll begin with you, Mr. Mantler.