Today is an important day in ensuring the health of British Columbians remains a vital priority over the coming years. The federal government and the Government of British Columbia agreed to new targeted federal funding of $1.4 billion over 10 years for investments in home care and mental health care.
We are committed to working with our provincial and territorial counterparts to improve health care for Canadian families, including mental health and seniors’ care.
Over the next 10 years, the federal government will provide British Columbia:
o $785.7 million for better home care including for seniors’ care and addressing critical home care infrastructure requirements and;
o $654.7 million in support of mental health initiatives.
The targeted investments in home care and mental health care are in addition to the existing legislated commitments through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), which will continue to grow into the future and are consistent with the offer made to provinces in December 2016.
Our province joins New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island in accepting our government’s offer of investments to deliver better health care for Canadians in these priority areas.
Together, The Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia are committed to ensuring they are able and ready to meet the needs of Canadians in our province. This agreement represents a major step toward better health care and health outcomes in our community.