Nova Scotia letter of agreement to amend bilateral agreements for home and community care and mental health and addiction services

December 15, 2021

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Duclos,

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for Canadians and has disproportionately affected those residing in long-term care facilities. Outbreaks in these facilities have taken the lives of some of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens, and forever changed the lives of families and caregivers. To address this crisis Nova Scotia has been working to improve the safety of care for those living in long-term care settings, and those who care for them, through a broad range of measures for enhanced infection prevention and control. These measures have been supported by federal investments and resources, including the September 2020 Safe Restart Agreement funding.

Further to the Government of Canada’s commitment on November 30, 2020 to support provinces and territories through a new Safe Long-term Care Fund, Canada and Nova Scotia agree through this Letter of Agreement to amend the Canada-Nova Scotia Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addiction Services Agreement (the Bilateral Agreement), in accordance with appendices A and B to this letter, with the aim of further protecting Canadians who reside in these settings through increased infection prevention and control measures.

The amendments in Appendix A establish the terms and conditions that apply to the Safe Long-term Care funding and include the following:

Except as set out in the appendices to this Letter of Agreement, the terms of the Bilateral Agreement will remain in effect.

This Letter of Agreement to amend the Bilateral Agreement will be effective upon respective signature and, as per the Agreement, will remain in effect until March 31, 2022, unless otherwise terminated by the parties to the Agreement.  It, along with the updated Agreement and annexes, will be made public online by Health Canada.

The Honourable Michelle Thompson,
Department of Health and Wellness

The Honourable Barbara Adams,
Department of Seniors and Long-Term Care

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal
Minister of Health

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