The Mental Health Commission of Canada is developing a strategy to transform the mental health system in Canada. National consultations held in spring 2009 provided feedback on a proposed framework of goals for the strategy. The first goal discusses a recovery orientation for people living with mental health problems and illnesses. Consultation participants strongly supported a recovery orientation but raised a number of concerns, especially for children, youth, and seniors. In response, the strategy will position recovery as part of a comprehensive approach that includes promoting the best possible mental health and well-being across the lifespan.