Minister Mendicino highlights budget investments to strengthen public health care

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April 11, 2023 - Sarnia, Ontario

Today the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, met with community members in Sarnia to highlight Budget 2023’s investments to strengthen public health care.

Canada has made a remarkable recovery from the COVID recession. Canada’s economic growth was the strongest in the G7 over the last year, and today, 830,000 more Canadians are employed than before the pandemic, including 361,600 here in Ontario. Inflation in Canada has fallen for eight months in a row, our unemployment rate is near its record low, and, supported by our Canada-wide system of affordable early learning and child care, the labour force participation rate for women aged 25 to 54 reached at a record high of 85.7 per cent in February.

Budget 2023 builds on this important progress.

To strengthen Canada’s universal public health care system, the budget delivers $198.3 billion, including $77.006 billion here in Ontario to reduce backlogs, expand access to family health services, and ensure provinces and territories can provide the high quality and timely health care Canadians expect and deserve, including mental health and substance use support services. Budget 2023 also introduces a new Canadian Dental Care Plan, to help up to nine million Canadians and ensure no Canadian has to choose between taking care of their health and paying the bills at the end of the month.

At the same time, the government is taking steps to make life more affordable. Budget 2023 delivers the new Grocery Rebate, offering  targeted inflation relief for 11 million Canadians and families who need it most with up to an additional $467 for eligible couples with children; an additional $234 for single Canadians without children; and an additional $225 for seniors, on average. The government is also taking action to crack down on junk fees and predatory lending, lower credit card transaction fees for small businesses, and help Canadians keep more money in their pockets.

It makes transformative investments to fight climate change and create new opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers. This includes significant measures that will deliver cleaner and more affordable energy, support investment in our communities, and create good paying jobs.

With a responsible fiscal plan that will see Canada maintain the lowest deficit and the lowest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the G7, Budget 2023 will help to build a Canada that is more secure, more sustainable, and more affordable for people from coast to coast to coast.


“Canadians are proud of our universal publicly funded health care system. For generations, this idea has been fundamental to who we are, but we know our health care system, and the workers who support it are under enormous strain. This situation requires urgent action. That is why we’ve made a significant investment to ensure all Canadians get the health care they need, including dental care and timely, equitable access to mental health and substance use support services. Budget 2023 is our plan to strengthen public health care, make life more affordable, and build a stronger, more sustainable, and more secure Canadian economy for everyone. It is a challenging time in a challenging world, but there is no better place to be than Canada.”

- The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety 

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