The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the cracks in our healthcare system and reminded us all of the need to strengthen it. Kenny Chiu and Canada’s Conservatives believe that the federal government should pay its fair share. Under the last Conservative government, federal transfers to the provinces grew at 6% per year. Unfortunately, in 2017, the Trudeau government cut this in half, putting lives at risk.
In order to make up for this shortcoming, Conservatives will meet with the Premiers within the first 100 days of forming government to propose a new health agreement with the provinces and territories that boosts the annual growth rate of the Canada Health Transfer to at least 6%. This will inject nearly $60 billion into our healthcare system over the next ten years.
Furthermore, COVID has worsened our serious mental health and addictions; these are crises that our government needs to address. It’s time for real action – and a new approach.
Canada’s Conservatives will introduce the Canada Mental Health Action Plan that will:
- Propose to the provinces that they partner with us by dedicating a significant portion of the stable, predictable health funding to mental health to ensure that an additional million Canadians can receive mental health treatment every year;
- Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three years;
- Create a pilot program to provide $150 million over three years in grants to non-profits and charities delivering mental health and wellness programming; and
- Create a nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotline.
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