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.

Accountability

To enable Canadians to assess progress on the shared health priorities, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) led a process with federal, provincial and territorial officials to develop a focused set of common indicators following agreement on the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities. In June 2018, FPT Ministers of Health agreed to a set of 12 common indicators for home and community care and mental health and addiction services. In May 2019, CIHI released its inaugural annual report on the first three of these indicators. CIHI will continue to work with governments across Canada to report annually on all 12 indicators.

Bilateral Agreements

Following the August 2017 agreement on a Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities, the federal government negotiated and signed bilateral agreements with each province and territory that set out details of how each jurisdiction is using federal funding to improve access to home and community care and mental health and addiction services. Agreements are available below.

British Columbia

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nunavut

Northwest Territories

Yukon

Footnote

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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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