Statement by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos at the Health Ministers’ Meeting
November 7, 2022 | Vancouver, BC | Health Canada
Our health workers are experiencing significant strain and facing common challenges across the country. All levels of government owe it to them and to Canadians to come together and find immediate and longer-term solutions to address these challenges. The needs of health workers must be reflected in the discussions of health ministers here in Vancouver.
In the spirit of collaborative leadership, I’m glad to confirm that the Canadian government is ready to increase healthcare investments through the Canada Health Transfer. We would do this if provinces and territories (PT) are prepared to commit to a meaningful expansion in the sharing and use of common key health indicators and to build a world-class health data system for Canada. This further cooperation will help us do things like better plan for our workforce, ensure Canadians can access their own health records and allow Canadians to see the result of an improved health system.
In addition, we are also ready to invest in funding through tailor-made agreements with provinces and territories that will allow us to provide better care to Canadians. These kinds of targeted investments will allow PTs to respond to shared areas of priorities with the Canadian government like health workers, and increased access to family health teams and mental health services.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Office of Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health
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