The Government of Canada strives to make positive changes in the health care system that will benefit the growing needs of Canadians. The governments of Canada and British Columbia have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the province plans to invest its share of targeted federal funding.
They have committed approximately $1.4-billion as part of a 10-year federal plan, with approximately $394 million in targeted federal funding for home and community care and $262 million for mental health and addictions over five years. This publicly-funded system is a source of pride for Canadians across the country, and continual investments from the government only strengthens that belief.
“I am pleased that the governments of Canada and B.C. have finalised a bilateral agreement outlining investments in home and community care, and mental health and addiction services,” says Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health. “The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces and territories so that Canadians can have access to the health services they need.”
With this support from the Government of Canada, the Government of B.C. will invest in a range of the following initiatives to expand home and community care, and mental health and addiction services:
- improving the integration of specialized community care programs and primary care networks for adults and seniors with complex medical conditions;
- improving access to, and the responsiveness and quality of, community-based palliative care; and
- implementing a series of early action initiatives designed to take immediate action to address the most-pressing service gaps and pave the way for the Province’s new mental health and addictions strategy.
“This agreement will provide timely access to home and community care. The goal for seniors is to live healthier and to enjoy better quality of life,” says Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, British Columbia. “Together with the federal government, we are making sure individuals and families have access to quality public health care when they need it.”
“As Canada’s first Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, we are creating a system of care where you ask for help once and get help fast. As we develop our comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy, greater access to services and supports for children and youth, working with our First Nations partners and responding to the overdose emergency are the priorities,” states Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, British Columbia. “The key in addressing long-ignored service gaps is early intervention and prevention. This investment supports actions underway to create a seamless system of care for all British Columbians.”