Ontario, Quebec reach health deals with Ottawa following months of negotiations

The Canadian Press


OTTAWA - Provincial and federal sources say Ottawa and Quebec have reached health agreements with Ottawa after months of negotiations.

No immediate details were immediately available, but the deals come on the heels of an arrangement reached last month with British Columbia.

That deal included $1.4 billion in health-funding over a 10-year period.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has advocated for targeted money in home care and mental health, stressing this is needed to ensure the areas are prioritized.

Late last year, provinces and territories turned down an offer after Ottawa offered $11 billion over 10 years for home care and mental health, as well as $544 million over five years for prescription drug and innovation initiatives.

Since then, Ottawa has signed a number of bilateral deals with provinces, but Alberta and Manitoba remain holdouts.

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