February 25th, 2024

Prince Edward Island second province to sign health-care funding deal with Ottawa

By The Canadian Press on December 19, 2023.

Prince Edward Island signed a $94 million deal with the federal government to fund improvements to the province's health-care system. Prince Edward Island's provincial flag in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Prince Edward Island signed a $94-million deal with the federal government to fund improvements to the province’s health-care system.

This makes P.E.I the second province to come to an agreement with Ottawa after British Columbia signed a similar one in October.

The bilateral deals are part of a $196-billion, 10-year national health accord Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered to premiers in February.

On their end, provinces and territories are expected to commit to massive upgrades to digital medical records and the collection of health-care data, as well as being held to account for meeting targets and timelines.

In exchange for its share of the funding, P.E.I has agreed to build 16 new patient medical homes, invest in mental health and make improvements to the health workforce over the next three years.

Quebec remains the only province that hasn’t agreed in principle to the accord, with Premier Fran├žois Legault pushing back against conditions the federal government has put on the funding.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec, 19, 2023.

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