Shared Health Priorities

The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with provincial and territorial governments to strengthen health care systems so that they continue to meet the needs of Canadians. With an aging population, new technologies and increasing rates of chronic disease, it is more important than ever that our health care systems adapt to deliver better care and better outcomes at a cost that is affordable.

The Government of Canada has taken leadership in engaging with provinces and territories to address key health care priorities. Budget 2017 confirmed an investment of $11 billion over ten years to provinces and territories specifically targeted to improve home and community care and mental health and addiction services. The Government has also allocated $544 million over five years to federal and pan-Canadian health organizations to support health innovation and pharmaceutical initiatives.

In August 2017, all provinces and territoriesFootnote * agreed to a Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities, which outlines common priorities for action in home and community care, and in mental health and addiction services.


The Canadian Institute for Health Information is leading a process with federal, provincial and territorial officials to develop the focused set of common indicators in home and community care and mental health and addiction services to enable Canadians to assess progress on shared priorities.

Bilateral Agreements

The federal government is now in the process of developing bilateral agreements with each province and territory that will set out details of how each jurisdiction will use federal funding in future years, based on the priority areas of action outlined in the Common Statement of Principles for Shared Health Priorities. Agreements will be made publicly available here.

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Prince Edward Island


Nova Scotia





British Columbia




Footnote *

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec agreed to an asymmetrical arrangement distinct from this Common Statement of Principles and based on the asymmetrical agreements of September 2004.

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