Last week, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced that the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba had reached an agreement on targeted mental health and home care funding over the next 10 years.
This was an historic day for our public health care system. With the addition of Manitoba, all 10 provinces and 3 territories have now signed a health agreement, the first major agreement in over a decade.
With this agreement, Manitoba will receive $399.6 million over 10 years for much-needed investments in home care and mental health care. Manitoba will also receive an additional $5 million in funding in 2017-18 to assist in advancing health system improvements in a number of areas, including kidney disease and problematic opioid use.
It is also important to note that this funding is over and above the amount Manitoba will receive from the Canada Health Transfer, which will continue to increase every year.
This targeted funding addresses priority areas that were identified by provinces and territories, as well as stakeholders and individuals across Canada. I heard it on the doorsteps and in the many letters sent to my office.
In the fall, we’ll be starting the pre-budget consultations leading up to the 2018 federal budget. Your continued feedback is important to me. It is why I try to take every opportunity to meet with you out in the community and include feedback forms on all my mailings. Please send me your thoughts by email or by mail – letters sent to your MP are postage free.
I look forward to our continued conversations!
(as published in The Lance, August 26, 2017)