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The deal means that the territories will together get an additional $ 36.1 million in new financial funding for mental health and home care over the next 10 years, beginning in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Like the agreement with the three provinces, Monday’s deals all follow the current structure of the Canada Health Transfer: base health transfers will increase by three per cent per year, or the rate of growth of nominal GDP, whichever is higher.
In a statement the federal government said these investments are expected to improve “access to mental health services for children and youth” and that more patients would be cared for at home, rather than in hospitals, than current funding permits.
In the pre-Christmas deals, Newfoundland and Labrador got a total of $ 160 million in new funding over the next 10 years, with $ 87.7 million going to home care and $ 73 million going toward mental health initiatives.
Nova Scotia will receive $ 287.8 million, with $ 157 million for home care and $ 130.8 million for mental health services, while New Brunswick got a total of $ 230 million in new funding, $ 125.1 for home care and $ 104.3 for mental health.
Health Minister Jane Philpott said she was pleased the territories had decided to sign on and that her department would continue to work with them to improve health-care delivery.