Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 10, 2008 18:00 ET

Government of Canada Confirms Increased Support for Yukon's Health System

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2008) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, today confirmed that the Government of Canada will provide nearly $23 million in stable and growing cash support for Yukon's health system through its Canada Health Transfer (CHT) in 2008-09-or over $22.6 billion nationally in health cash funding for provinces and territories.

Nationally, this represents a 6-per-cent increase over the previous year's transfer-and it is set to grow at this rate to reach over $30 billion by 2013-14.

"People in Yukon and throughout the country cherish Canada's universal health care system," said Minister Strahl. "Our doctors and nurses deliver world-class health care each and every day, and this funding increase will provide them with additional support and improved treatment for their patients."

"The CHT supports our government's commitment to maintain the national criteria and conditions of the Canada Health Act-comprehensiveness, universality, portability, accessibility and public administration-which is why our government supports a growing CHT," added the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health.

In addition to the CHT, Budget 2007 invested:

- an additional $400 million for the Canada Health Infoway to support provincial and territorial development of electronic health records that will reduce wait times and the risk of medical errors and lead to better outcomes;

- $612 million to support provinces and territories in meeting their commitments to implement patient wait times guarantees;

- $30 million over three years for patient wait times guarantee pilot projects to assist provinces and territories in implementing their patient wait times guarantees;

- $300 million in per capita funding for provinces and territories to support the launch of a national human papillomavirus vaccine program to protect women against cancer of the cervix;

- $55 million over five years for the establishment of the Mental Health Commission of Canada;

- $2 million in one-time funding to support the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation's goal of implementing its No Child Without program in all elementary schools in Canada; and

- a $22-million-per-year increase to help the Canadian Institute for Health Information build on its reputation as a world leader in providing timely, accurate and comparable health information that supports improved health delivery outcomes.

The increased CHT for 2008-09 will begin to flow to the territory when the new fiscal year begins on April 1, 2008.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Ted Yeomans