The Canadian government says it will spend $100 million to help families with Down syndrome and its related disorders get back on their feet.
The government says funding will come from a combination of federal and provincial tax credits and other incentives and that a panel of experts will review the proposals.
The federal government has set aside $300 million to fund the initiative.
The panel will include experts from the federal and local governments, and representatives from disability rights and mental health organizations, the federal government said in a release.
In addition, the panel will review and consider recommendations on a range of public policy issues.
The Canadian Press reported that the panel was formed as part of the government’s commitment to provide $100m to help help families deal with Down’s syndrome and related disorders.
It also said the panel is expected to report back to the government in October.
The announcement comes as Canada grapples with a national crisis of suicides among people with disabilities.
The number of suicides has skyrocketed in recent years, with 1,724 people committing suicide in 2016, according to the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.
The problem has gotten more pronounced since then.
In 2016, there were 2,931 suicides, up from 1,613 the year before.
And the rate of suicides is rising among people of all ages.
More than half of the people who committed suicide in Canada in 2016 were aged between 20 and 49, and nearly a quarter of them were under the age of 30, according the Canadian Mental Health Association.