Canada to inject $34b to ailing healthcare system

In this file photo dated Jan 21, 2022, Dr. Christa Sinclair-Mills (left) of House Calls, a mobile healthcare unit for homebound seniors, visits with Geraldine Anderson to administer her COVID-19 booster shot in her Toronto apartment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (PHOTO / AFP)

OTTAWA — Canada's federal government said Tuesday it will provide an additional C$46.2 billion ($34.4 billion) in new funding for healthcare over 10 years, part of the latest healthcare deal as federal ministers meet with their provincial counterparts to hammer out a deal on healthcare funding.

The investment would be part of an overall C$196.1 billion increase in funding over 10 years, according to a statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office.

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Some of the new funds promised Tuesday are unconditional; others are earmarked for certain priority areas. The federal government is asking the provinces to commit to better data gathering and sharing in order to access the increased funds.