Delivering a New Health Accord
August 1, 2019
Our publicly-funded universal health care system is a source of pride for all Canadians – and a source of economic security for the middle class and those working hard to join it. When Canadians are in good physical and mental health, they are able to work better, be more productive, and contribute more fully to our economy while living healthier, happier lives.
For ten years, the Harper Conservatives were unwilling to sit down with the Premiers to strengthen our system and ensure that it can meet current needs and the challenges that come with an aging population.
We promised that a Liberal government would deliver a new and improved health accord that would make homecare more available, prescription drugs more affordable and mental health care more accessible.
We delivered on this promise, signing a new health accord and agreement with the province of Ontario.
Over the next decade the federal government will provide Ontario an additional $4.2 billion ($2.3 billion for improved access to home care and $1.9 billion for mental health initiatives). We know that these two areas are critically important and the federal government stepped up to ensure the provinces and territories have additional resources to address wait lists and wait times.
We've agreed on common indicators to measure the impact of this funding to ensure the province uses this investment as intended. What gets measured gets done.
With these investments, we expect that the wait times for mental health services will get better and more Guelphites will have the opportunity to find support and better care at home or in the community.
I firmly believe that the first wealth in life is the health of our people and our communities and I will continue to advocate for improvements to our healthcare system so that Guelphites can get the care they need where and when they need it.