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Ontario, federal government reach agreement in principle on health care

By The Canadian Press on February 23, 2023.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) meets Ontario Premier Doug Ford, at the Queens Park Legislature in Toronto on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The federal government says it has reached an agreement in principle with Ontario on health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The federal government says it has reached an agreement in principle with Ontario on health care.

No further details were immediately available after the government made the announcement Thursday morning in a tweet.

Canada’s premiers agreed earlier this month to accept Ottawa’s offer of more than $46 billion to augment the Canada Health Transfer.

The federal government was working out separate bilateral deals with the provinces and territories to address needs specific to each jurisdiction.

The premiers had said further discussions were needed to establish long-term predictability and stability in health care.

In a letter last week to the Ontario health minister, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the province’s bilateral agreement would include working toward certain health indicators, agreeing to provide “equity of access” for underserved groups and upholding the Canada Health Act to strengthen the public health system.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 23, 2023.

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