Government of Canada delivers additional $2 billion Canada Health Transfer payment to provinces and territories

News release

June 30, 2023  - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Finance Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, today confirmed that the Government of Canada has delivered to provinces and territories an additional $2 billion Canada Health Transfer top-up.

This top-up will support provincial and territorial governments in reducing backlogs and responding to urgent pressures in emergency rooms, operating rooms, and pediatric hospitals, and is part of the federal government’s $198.3 billion plan to strengthen public health care in Canada.

Today’s Canada Health Transfer top-up builds on $6.5 billion in one-time top-ups that the federal government provided to provinces and territories during the pandemic in 2020, 2021, and 2022 to help address extreme pandemic-driven pressures on our public health care system. This top-up is also in addition to the $49.4 billion in Canada Health Transfer funding provided in 2023-24. All Canada Health Transfer payments are allocated on a per-capita basis.

2023-2024 Canada Health Transfer Payments
Base Allocation Top-up Total
Alberta $5.776 billion $233 million $6.009 billion
British Columbia $6.782 billion $273 million $7.056 billion
Manitoba $1.780 billion $72 million $1.853 billion
New Brunswick $1.039 billion $42 million $1.080 billion
Newfoundland and Labrador $664 million $27 million $691 million
Northwest Territories $57 million $2 million $59 million
Nova Scotia $1.305 billion $52 million $1.358 billion
Nunavut $52 million $2 million $54 million
Ontario $19.214 billion $776 million $19.990 billion
Prince Edward Island $220 million $9 million $229 million
Quebec $10.971 billion $447 million $11.418 billion
Saskatchewan $1.505 billion $61 million $1.566 billion
Yukon $56 million $2 million $58 million
Total $49.421 billion $2 billion $51.421 billion

Totals may not add due to rounding.  These figures are on a cash basis.

As part of the federal government’s comprehensive plan to strengthen Canada’s public health care system, this Canada Health Transfer top-up is an additional investment to improve the health care Canadians receive. It is not to be used by provinces and territories in place of their own health care spending.


“Strengthening Canada’s public health care system requires investment—and that is what the federal government is delivering. Today’s additional funding will help to reduce backlogs and alleviate pressures on emergency rooms, surgery rooms and pediatric hospitals—and it is part of our plan to work with provinces and territories to ensure that Canadians have timely access to the high quality health care they expect and deserve.”

- The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance


“Canadians deserve timely access to the health care they need, when and where they need it. Through this top-up, we are reducing backlogs and wait times for better patient care, including in pediatric hospitals. Together, we will keep working with provinces and territories to strengthen our health care and improve health outcomes for everyone.”

- The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health

“Our government is delivering substantial investments in health care while ensuring Canadians benefit from those investments. By partnering with provinces and territories, we will continue to support our health care workers while ensuring that Canadians can access the care they need, when they need it.”

- The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities


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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

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