Government of Canada Invests $46 Million to Expand Virtual Health Care Services in Ontario
OTTAWA, ON, April 16, 2021 /CNW/ - Canada's universal, publicly funded health care systems are a source of pride for Canadians. The Government of Canada is working closely with provincial and territorial governments to support them to respond to the challenges of delivering health care during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we move into recovery.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced the signature of a bilateral agreement with Ontario to enhance the province's virtual health services. Under the agreement, the province will invest federal funding in keeping with agreed-upon pan-Canadian priorities for accelerating virtual health care services during the pandemic.
Through this bilateral agreement, Ontario is receiving $46 million to expand its efforts on virtual health care. Over the coming weeks, the province will be developing an action plan that outlines how it is investing the funding under the bilateral agreement to expand virtual health services.
"Now more than ever, Canadians need access to virtual health care to support their health. We are working with provinces and territories to support the rapid deployment of these services for Canadians, to ensure they can access the care they need, whenever they need it. Today's investment will support Ontario in its expansion of virtual health care services, ensuring Ontarians have health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
"As we have seen more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that all provinces and territories have the resources we need to deliver high-quality virtual health care services to our people – when and where they need it. This investment will support our government's Digital First for Health strategy to leverage digital innovations that will improve access to timely, patient-centred care for Ontarians and bring the patient experience into the twenty-first century."
The Honourable Christine Elliott
SOURCE Health Canada