Ottawa to propose 10-year health-care funding plan to provinces, territories – CBC

Premiers will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa Tuesday to discuss the plan

Feb 06, 2023

The federal government will propose a decade-long plan to fund and reform the health-care system when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the premiers in Ottawa on Tuesday, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.

The federal proposal will see new money flow as soon as the next budget. It will include a top-up to the planned across-the-board increase to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and substantial funding for bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to deal with their specific needs.

Sources say the proposed CHT increases, and the bilateral health deals, will each run for a period of 10 years.

Health-care funding has always been a contentious topic between the provinces and the federal government. The pandemic’s effects on an already strained system have made the need for a new funding agreement more urgent.

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