Christopher Katsarov The Canadian Press Ontario Premier Doug Ford sent a separate letter asking for the same reviews, but specifying that the review of the 2017 bilateral agreements should take place by March 31, 2026.
Canada's premiers have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for a review process to be established as part of health care funding talks.
Ottawa has offered more than $46 billion to provinces and territories to increase the Canada Health Transfer, but the country's premiers say this is not enough to meet the sustainability or structural needs of their provincial health systems.
Premiers say in a letter sent Thursday that they are prepared to accept the offer at this time, but further discussions are needed to establish longer-term predictability and stability in health care.
They want a formal federal-provincial-territorial review process to look at the bilateral funding agreements the provinces reached with Ottawa in 2017 to improve mental health and home care programs.
They want a similar process to review the new deal, which will include both an increase in the Canada Health Transfer and specific funding for priority areas like family doctors, surgical wait lists and systems. health data.
“Further constructive discussions are needed to achieve our common goals and to provide the predictability and longer-term stability that Canadians expect when it comes to is about their healthcare systems,” they wrote in the missive.
“We believe it is important to continue these necessary discussions to ensure the future of healthcare services across the country.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford sent a separate letter requesting the same reviews, but noting that the review of the 2017 bilateral agreements should take place by March 31, 2026 and that the broader review should take place around the five-year mark of the Canada Health Transfer Agreement.