Government of Canada

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Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

April 27, 2012 15:15 ET

Government of Canada and Government of Quebec Sign Agreement in Principle for the Potential Transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Doctor Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Government of Quebec, today signed an agreement in principle to establish a negotiation framework between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for the potential transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital.

"Our Government is pleased to announce the signing of this agreement in principle with the Government of Quebec. This is an important step toward undertaking the necessary discussions between our two governments so that the Veterans living at Ste. Anne's Hospital can continue to receive, in English or in French, the exceptional care and service they deserve," said Minister Blaney. "One of my priorities is also to ensure the retention of our professionals and the transfer of the Hospital to the Government of Quebec should help to maintain their expertise. Today's announcement is further proof of our Government's commitment to practice open federalism and it demonstrates our respect for Quebec's jurisdiction."

"Our Government is committed to providing access to high quality health care services for seniors, within their community. The signing of this agreement in principle is a decisive step in the establishment of parameters that would allow the population to benefit from the expertise in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics at Ste. Anne's Hospital. Of course we would also ensure the integration of the institution into the Quebec health and social services network, while respecting the Hospital's organizational culture and the rich legacy of our Veterans," said Minister Yves Bolduc.

This agreement in principle is the first official commitment between both levels of government to move forward with the potential transfer of the Hospital. It identifies the key elements that both parties must agree to before concluding negotiations. These elements include maintaining priority access for eligible Veterans to all services, programs and health care offered at Ste. Anne's; guarantees for levels of care and services provided; delivery of care and services to Veterans in their choice of English or French; elements related to human resources; and evaluation of assets.

"I am happy to know that this transfer should allow us to better address the need for beds for seniors in my riding and in the Montréal area. While this increase in services will benefit the civilian population, it will also provide Veterans with access to the quality care provided by the staff of this institution, renowned for its great expertise," added Geoffrey Kelley, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for Quebec and Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier.

"I am confident that this transfer will maintain the high quality of care that we, Veterans, receive at Ste. Anne's Hospital, and that both governments will do what it takes to uphold their commitments in this regard," added Mr. Marcel Otis, President of the Ste. Anne's Hospital Residents Committee.

The potential transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital will provide long-term benefits to Veterans, Hospital staff and Quebec residents alike. There is a declining demand for long-term care beds for traditional Veterans at the Hospital. Transferring Ste. Anne's Hospital to the Government of Quebec should help to maintain and maximize the Hospital's expertise in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics, and provide bed availability for other Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Natacha Joncas Boudreau
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Health and Social Services
    418-266-7171

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649