B.C., Ot­tawa sign $1.4B health agree­ment

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

RICH­MOND, B.C. — Canada’s health min­is­ter has an­nounced a 10-year, $1.4 bil­lion health-fund­ing agree­ment with Bri­tish Columbia, and a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment to fight the opi­oid cri­sis across the coun­try. Fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Jane Philpott says the fund­ing agree­ment with B.C. in­cludes $785 mil­lion for bet­ter home care and more than $650 mil­lion for men­tal-health ini­tia­tives.

B.C. has been at the epi­cen­tre of the over­dose cri­sis caused by il­licit opi­oids and Philpott also an­nounced $65 mil­lion to com­bat the epi­demic na­tion­wide.

“In ad­di­tion, in recog­ni­tion of the se­vere im­pact this has had on Bri­tish Columbia, we will be pro­vid­ing this prov­ince with the sup­port of $10 mil­lion to help in its emer­gency re­sponse.”

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