Policy Analyst, Health System Transformation

  • Posted:Jun 10, 2024
  • Apply by:Aug 09, 2024
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Old Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a provincial association, committed to improving services and support for individuals living with mental illnesses and addictions issues, and to the promotion of mental health in Ontario.  

Job Summary 

We are seeking an experienced individual to join our team as a Policy Analyst to steer our health system transformation portfolio. Reporting to the Director, Public Policy at CMHA Ontario, this Analyst will investigate trends and opportunities, coordinate projects, review legislation and public policy, direct advocacy, and recommend policy options for CMHA Ontario to contribute to the advancement of health systems development and mental health promotion in Ontario. The Analyst will collaborate across other policy areas including substance use and addiction, housing and the social determinants of health, justice and equity. Experience in the Ontario health system and with mental health service delivery is a requirement, including knowledge of Ontario Health Teams, the Centre of Excellence and Ontario Health.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Develop expertise in Ontario health systems transformation and maintain an up-to-date knowledge of data and information sources related to health system use, mental health service delivery, housing, and sociodemographic.
  • Monitor and track Ontario government and provincial health system priorities (including reviewing legislation and public policy) impacting CMHA branches and the mental health and addiction system.
  • Recommend policy options for CMHA Ontario to contribute to the promotion of mental health and substance use health in Ontario and the advancement of CMHA Ontario’s strategic plan.
  • Prepare critical reviews, briefs, reports, policy submissions, and presentations, and provide policy advice to CMHA Ontario’s leadership and CMHA branches.
  • Prepare analyses of outcomes and costs associated with mental health and addiction service delivery, including cost effectiveness and cost comparative analyses.
  • Coordinate projects that convene multiple stakeholders and provide support to internal and external communities of practice. 

Note: This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required by the incumbent. The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required. 

Required Skills & Experience 

  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in policy analysis, health services research or health system development. 
  • Practical work experience in mental health, substance use and addiction, or broader community and social services sector.
  • Advanced knowledge of provincial directions in health care reform and knowledge of the public policy environment in Ontario. 
  • Familiarity with key concepts of mental health promotion and social determinants of health. 
  • Experience working in multi-sectoral partnerships and liaising with non-governmental organizations and government agencies and knowledge of the public policy environment in Ontario. 
  • Experience managing projects and managing multiple tasks within established timelines in a team environment.
Behavioural Competencies 
  • Strategic Thinking 
  • Initiative/Self-Starter Attitude 
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork/Collaboration 
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving 
  • Time Management 
  • Adaptability 


Hiring Rate: This position pays between $81,124.71 and $83,539.88 per annum, based on a 35-hour work week.  

The salary grid for this role ranges between $81,124.71 at Step 1 and $91,228.95 at Step 5. The initial salary offered for this position is anticipated to fall between Step 1 and Step 2 of the salary grid as posted above as the hiring rate.

Working Conditions

This is a full-time, regular (permanent) position working standard office hours (currently 35 hours/week). This position is based in Toronto, Ontario and may require regular travel. We are currently operating within a hybrid model, with colleagues working from the office at least 3 days/week and from home up to 2 days/week.

This position is also a desk job with extended periods of sitting, reading, telephone interaction, and working at the computer. This position involves some moderate lifting, shipping, and handling. Attendance at various meetings throughout the workday/workweek will be required; meetings may occur on short notice, depending on the circumstances.

As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to maintain and submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. 

This position is within the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

The Canadian Mental Health Association celebrates the value of a diverse workforce that brings professional and lived experience and expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds and life circumstances. Whatever your background, if you feel you meet the requirements of this role then we want to hear from you.

Workplace and candidate accommodation is available at all stages of the recruitment and selection process upon request.


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