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Prime Minister's Office Press Releases

  • Building more homes that Canadians can afford in Cape Breton / Unama’ki
    Right now, in communities across the country, building affordable housing is too hard. That’s why the federal government is working with municipalities to break down barriers and build more homes, faster so Canadians – whether they are just starting out, growing their families, or aging in security – can find a place to call home, at a price they can afford. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the federal government has reached agreements with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia to fast-track 367 new housing units over the next three years. This work will help spur the construction of more than 3,286 homes over the next decade and help meet the demand in the region. Under the Housing Accelerator Fund, these agreements will provide a total of $13.3 million to eliminate barriers to building the housing we need, faster. The first agreement, with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will create more housing options in the region, including allowing six units as-of-right in serviceable areas, and using pre-approved building plans to fast-track construction, from apartments to six-plexes. The municipality will also focus on building more affordable units and cut construction time and costs by providing financial incentives to builders. In addition, they will build more homes near transit and reduce parking requirements, removing barriers and helping make housing as accessible as possible. Together, these initiatives are going to improve the way affordable housing is built and delivered in the Cape Breton region. Stable, reliable, and affordable housing is also a fundamental part of our commitment to responding to the needs of Indigenous partners and advancing reconciliation. That is why, under the second agreement, Membertou First Nation will receive more than $1.9 million to support new housing and infrastructure upgrades. The funding will allow Membertou First Nation to recruit housing administration staff and construction managers so that projects get off the ground quicker. The funds will also help complete critical infrastructure work in the community, including improving access to bridges, water, and sewer services. The Housing Accelerator Fund is helping cut red tape and fast-track the construction of over 600,000 new homes for people in towns, cities, and Indigenous communities across Canada over the next decade. It asks for innovative action plans from local governments, and once approved, provides upfront funding to ensure the timely building of new homes, as well as additional funds upon delivering results. Local governments are encouraged to think big and be bold in their approaches, which could include accelerating project timelines, allowing increased housing density, and encouraging affordable housing units. The Government of Canada is supporting the middle class – and housing is key to that work. Our plan to double the rate of housing construction over the next decade will help build the housing supply we need. We are working with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, as well as Indigenous partners, to build more homes for Canadians, faster, and make life better for everyone. Quotes “The status quo on home building in this country isn’t working. We need to build more homes and make sure they’re affordable – and we need to do it faster. That’s what today’s announcement in Cape Breton and Membertou First Nation is all about. Let’s get homes built at prices Canadians can afford.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “We are excited and proud to announce these partnerships with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Membertou First Nation today. The funding will help Membertou First Nation scale up operations to build more homes and improve critical infrastructure within the community. And by speeding up permitting, making more municipal lands available to build homes, and paving the way for more affordable ones, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is working to ensure that it has the tools needed to help tackle the housing crisis. We will continue working with cities, towns, mayors, Indigenous partners, and all levels of government to get more homes built for Canadians at prices they can afford.” — The Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities “Today marks an investment that will have an immediate impact on housing options across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. We are grateful for the partnership and support provided by the Government of Canada throughout the Housing Accelerator Fund process. This has resulted in the creation of a Cape Breton Regional Municipality Work Plan that will provide grants for affordable housing projects, an inventory of permitted housing plans, dedicated in-house expertise, and a plan for steady housing growth into the future.” Her Worship Amanda McDougall, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality “The Housing Accelerator Fund will enable Membertou to build 28 new homes in our community. Thanks to this invaluable program, we will continue our pursuit to provide secure, affordable housing for our people.” Chief Terry Paul, Chief and Chief Executive Officer, Membertou Quick Facts As part of its Housing Accelerator Fund agreement, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will work to streamline the municipal permitting process. This includes the development and implementation of an electronic permitting platform that will streamline construction application processes while reducing paperwork and processing times. The agreement will also proactively tackle climate change and floodplain risks, developing strategies for the effective implementation of relocation and property purchases. The Housing Accelerator Fund is a $4 billion initiative from the Government of Canada that will run until 2026-27. It is designed to help cities, towns, and Indigenous governments unlock new housing supply through innovative approaches and fast-track at least 100,000 permitted new homes over the first three years. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada has signed 52 agreements since the launch of the Housing Accelerator Fund. Combined, these agreements will fast-track an estimated total of over 600,000 housing units over the next decade. The Housing Accelerator Fund is part of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS), an $82+ billion plan to give more Canadians a place to call home. Progress on programs and initiatives is updated quarterly at www.placetocallhome.ca. The Housing Funding Initiatives Map shows affordable housing projects that have been developed. Since the creation of the NHS, the Government of Canada has committed over $38.89 billion to support the creation of almost 152,000 units and the repair of over 241,000. These measures prioritize those in greatest need, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and women and children fleeing violence. Since 2015, the government has helped almost two million Canadians find a place to call home. Associated Links Housing Accelerator Fund Housing Accelerator Fund – Building more homes, faster Making housing more affordable for Canadians National Housing Strategy
  • Building more homes that Canadians can afford in Edmonton, Alberta
    Right now, in communities across the country, building affordable housing is too hard. That’s why the federal government is working with municipalities to break down barriers and build more homes, faster so Canadians – whether they are just starting out, growing their families, or aging in security – can find a place to call home, at a price they can afford. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the federal government has reached an agreement with the City of Edmonton, Alberta, to fast-track over 5,200 new housing units over the next three years. This work will help spur the construction of more than 22,000 homes over the next decade and help meet the demand in Edmonton. Under the Housing Accelerator Fund, this agreement will provide over $175 million to eliminate barriers to building the housing we need, faster. It will create more housing options in the city, including more rentals, affordable apartments, and housing near university and college campuses. Edmonton has already begun permitting eight units as of right and up to three storeys city-wide, with some neighborhoods permitted to build up to eight storeys. As part of the agreement, the city will streamline zoning bylaw approvals, build more homes around public transit, and use city-owned land to build hundreds of new homes. To build more affordable, non-profit housing, Edmonton will give more resources to builders, provide pre-development funding, and shorten approval timelines to ensure these projects get off the ground. Edmonton has been a leader in innovative home-building and together, these initiatives will significantly improve the way affordable housing is built and delivered in one of Canada’s largest cities. The Housing Accelerator Fund is helping cut red tape and fast-track the construction of over 600,000 new homes for people in towns, cities, and Indigenous communities across Canada over the next decade. It asks for innovative action plans from local governments, and once approved, provides upfront funding to ensure the timely building of new homes, as well as additional funds upon delivering results. Local governments are encouraged to think big and be bold in their approaches, which could include accelerating project timelines, allowing increased housing density, and encouraging affordable housing units. The Government of Canada is supporting the middle class – and housing is key to that work. Our plan to double the rate of housing construction over the next decade will help build the housing supply we need. We are working with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, as well as Indigenous partners, to build more homes for Canadians, faster, and make life better for everyone. Quotes “Edmonton needs more homes that Canadians can afford. That’s why we’re working with the City to cut red tape and change the way we build housing. Today’s announcement with Edmonton will build more affordable homes, faster, and help more Canadians achieve home ownership.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “We are excited and proud to announce this partnership with Edmonton today. From incentivizing development in priority growth areas and around transit hubs to streamlining the permitting process and working with the City to pave the way for more affordable homes, we will ensure that Edmonton has more of the kind of homes we need to tackle the housing crisis. By working with cities, towns, mayors, and all levels of government, we are getting more homes built for Canadians at prices they can afford.” The Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities “Edmonton has made bold moves to ensure our city can support diverse and affordable housing options for all. Under the Housing Accelerator Fund, we can boost building opportunities, streamline our processes, and build inclusive, climate-resilient communities. Investments like these are essential to make the systemic changes needed to address the housing and houselessness emergency in Edmonton.” His Worship Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton Quick Facts The City of Edmonton’s Housing Accelerator Fund agreement will also update water flow regulations, promote secondary suite development, adjust administrative standards for affordable housing development, and reduce application review timelines through digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence. As part of its Action Plan, Edmonton will gradually phase out the tax premium on properties that have four or more units on one lot. Currently, the tax rate on these properties is 15 per cent more than on other residential properties. It will be lowered by three per cent each year for five years. The Housing Accelerator Fund is a $4 billion initiative from the Government of Canada that will run until 2026-27. It is designed to help cities, towns, and Indigenous governments unlock new housing supply through innovative approaches and fast-track at least 100,000 permitted new homes over the first three years. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada has signed 50 agreements since the launch of the Housing Accelerator Fund. Combined, these agreements will fast-track an estimated total of over 600,000 housing units over the next decade. The Housing Accelerator Fund is part of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS), an $82+ billion plan to give more Canadians a place to call home. Progress on programs and initiatives is updated quarterly at www.placetocallhome.ca. The Housing Funding Initiatives Map shows affordable housing projects that have been developed. Since the creation of the NHS, the Government of Canada has committed over $38.89 billion to support the creation of almost 152,000 units and the repair of over 241,000. These measures prioritize those in greatest need, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and women and children fleeing violence. Since 2015, the government has helped almost two million Canadians find a place to call home. Associated Links Housing Accelerator Fund Housing Accelerator Fund – Building more homes, faster Making housing more affordable for Canadians National Housing Strategy
  • Building more middle-class homes in British Columbia
    The cost to build homes in Canada is too high, and the time it takes to finish projects is too long. To help solve these challenges, and to help build homes middle-class Canadians can afford, the federal government is partnering with the Province of British Columbia on the recently announced BC Builds initiative. As announced last week, British Columbia’s BC Builds program will provide more than $2 billion in provincial financing and will commit $950 million to build thousands of middle-class rental homes on government, non-profit, community-owned, and underused land. The Province will partner with non-profits, local governments, First Nations, and homebuilders to identify available land and, using lower government borrowing rates, offer low-cost financing to build more homes. Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, alongside the Premier of British Columbia, David Eby, announced that the federal government will provide up to $2 billion in additional federal financing, increasing the impact of British Columbia’s BC Builds program. Combined with the Province’s investment, the $2 billion in low-cost loans, available through the Apartment Construction Loan Program, will help build a minimum of 8,000 to 10,000 additional new homes for the middle class. As more land is secured, thousands more units will be built – fast‑tracking construction and ensuring that more of these homes are available at below-market rates. The BC Builds program focuses on a few simple ideas: Building on government, non-profit, community-owned, and underused land; Streamlining the process to cut development approval timelines from 3-5 years to 12-18 months; and Creating homes middle-class Canadians can afford with the aim that middle-income households are spending no more than approximately 30 per cent of their income on rent. This historic contribution of federal financing to BC Builds will be the first of its kind in Canada. This will help create more housing that is affordable for working Canadians, bring down the cost of home-building, and ensure that middle-class households have affordable homes for their families. BC Builds has identified 20 initial sites on government, First Nations, non-profit, and community-owned land throughout the province. With innovative programs like BC Builds, along with federal investments, we can help get more homes built for Canadians, faster and at prices they can afford. The Government of Canada will work with the Government of British Columbia over the coming months to ensure that we get the best outcomes possible for British Columbians. Quotes “Canada needs more homes that the middle class can afford. That’s what today’s announcement with British Columbia is all about. Our investment, through the BC Builds program, will use public land to create more affordable housing, bring down the cost of construction, and ensure that we build more homes, faster so that Canadians – from teachers, to nurses, to construction workers – can afford to stay in the communities where they work.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “All levels of government need to work together to solve the housing crisis. With the federal government’s contribution and partnership on BC Builds, we can create even more lower-cost, middle-income homes through the program. That’s good news for our economy and for our future, but most importantly it’s good news for British Columbians looking for a decent place to live.” The Hon. David Eby, Premier of British Columbia “British Columbia’s BC Builds initiative is exactly the type of ambitious and innovative program we’re ready to support. It will help build more homes for the middle class, faster and at prices they can afford.” The Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities “Teachers, nurses, construction workers, and other middle-income people need more housing options in B.C., and with several BC Builds sites identified and dozens of interested partners, we are well on our way to getting the additional housing they need built. We are in a housing crisis that requires support from all levels of government. BC Builds will ensure that middle-income housing will get built, faster and more in line with what households earn.” The Hon. Ravi Kahlon, British Columbia’s Minister of Housing and Government House Leader Quick Facts The funding for a partnership with British Columbia would come from the $15 billion announced by the federal government in its 2023 Fall Economic Statement, where it committed to creating 30,000 more purpose-built rental housing units through the Apartment Construction Loan Program (ACLP). The Fall Economic Statement also outlined the federal government’s commitment to leverage this funding to encourage provinces and territories to develop ambitious housing plans that serve the needs of Canadians and the communities they live in. BC Builds is part of the Government of British Columbia’s $19 billion housing investment. Since 2017, the province has delivered nearly 78,000 homes across British Columbia. BC Builds program details include: All BC Builds units will aim to accommodate middle-income households, ensuring that they spend no more than approximately 30 per cent of their income on rent; The rent for BC Builds homes will not exceed the local market rates, and in many cases, will be lower; All households living in BC Builds homes will undergo income testing upon move-in; BC Builds will take a community-based approach, recognizing that “middle-income” varies by community; and BC Builds projects aim to deliver more two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, at below-market rents. Totalling over $40 billion in funding, the ACLP spurs the construction of rental housing by providing fully repayable, low-interest loans to builders and developers. The program focuses on communities where there is a need for additional rental housing supply, and it also encourages housing that is energy-efficient, accessible, and makes more efficient use of urban space. Since 2017, the ACLP has committed over $17 billion in loans to support more than 46,000 new rental homes across the country. The ACLP is part of Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS). Launched in 2017, the NHS is a 10-year, $82+ billion plan to give more people in Canada a place to call home. It includes a range of complementary programs and initiatives that address diverse needs across the entire housing continuum. Progress on programs and initiatives is updated quarterly at www.placetocallhome.ca. The Housing Funding Initiatives Map shows the variety of housing projects that have received funding commitments. The NHS also includes the Housing Accelerator Fund, a $4 billion initiative designed to help cities, towns, and Indigenous governments unlock new housing supply. To date, the federal government has signed 48 Housing Accelerator Fund agreements to fast-track an estimated total of over 600,000 housing units over the next decade. Since the creation of the NHS, the Government of Canada has committed over $38 billion to support the creation of almost 152,000 units and the repair of over 241,000, and provided affordability support for close to 500,000 households. The NHS prioritizes those in greatest need, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and women and children fleeing violence. Associated Links Apartment Construction Loan Program National Housing Strategy Housing Accelerator Fund BC Builds
  • Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni to visit Canada
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, will visit Toronto, Canada on March 2, 2024. As Italy presides over the G7 this year, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Meloni will work together to address global challenges. Canada and Italy are committed to supporting Ukraine against Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war of aggression. The two leaders are also involved in diplomatic efforts to address the crisis in the Middle East following the brutal terror attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7th. Canada and Italy continue to call for the immediate release of all hostages and the critical need for rapid, safe, and unimpeded humanitarian relief to civilians in Gaza.  As founding members of NATO, Canada and Italy will also remain steadfast in defending democracy around the world. The prime ministers will also explore opportunities to work with African partners in their efforts to promote peace, development, and prosperity across the continent. Prime Minister Meloni’s visit to Canada will build on the close relationship between Canada and Italy, founded in deep people-to-people ties and strong collaboration on shared priorities such as climate action and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. The leaders are committed to growing trade and commercial ties between Canada and Italy, and to accelerating efforts toward the clean energy transition. As Canada prepares to host the G7 in 2025, the relationship between the two countries will only deepen. Together, Canada and Italy will create economic growth that creates good, middle-class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.  Quote “Canada and Italy are friends, partners, and allies. Our relationship is strengthened by our people and our shared commitment to climate action, innovation, and defending democracy. I look forward to welcoming Prime Minster Meloni to Canada and working together to make life better for Canadians and Italians alike.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Quick Facts Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Meloni last met in person on the margins of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, in September 2023. This will be Prime Minister Meloni’s first official visit to Canada since her election as Prime Minister of Italy in 2022. Canada and Italy are like-minded on key global and regional issues and work closely together in a range of multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, the G7, the G20 and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). With more than 1.5 million people who reported Italian heritage in 2021, Canada is home to one of the largest Italian diasporas in the world. From business to sports, cuisine, politics, and much more, the Italo-Canadian community enriches all aspects of Canadian society. In 2023, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Italy totalled $15.6 billion, making Italy Canada’s 8th largest global merchandise trading partner, and Canada's 2nd largest in the European Union. Associated Links Canada-Italy relations Canada and the G7 Canada and the G20 Canada and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Canada’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
  • Prime Minister announces appointment of new Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of the Honourable R. Lester Jesudason, a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division), as the new Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division). Associate Chief Justice Jesudason replaces the Honourable Lawrence I. O’Neil, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective October 22, 2023. Quote “I wish the Honourable R. Lester Jesudason every success as he takes on his new role as Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in the Family Division. With his extensive experience in law, he will continue to serve the people of Nova Scotia with dedication.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Quick Facts Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices in Canada are responsible for the leadership and administration of their courts. They also serve as members of the Canadian Judicial Council, which works to improve the quality of judicial services in the superior courts of Canada. Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of Cabinet and the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Biographical Note The Honourable R. Lester Jesudason
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Premier of Manitoba Wab Kinew
    Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Premier of Manitoba, Wab Kinew, to discuss shared priorities. The Prime Minister and the Premier spoke about the importance of fixing the health care system for Manitobans. They highlighted the two bilateral agreements signed today, totaling over $633 million in federal funding, to improve health care in Manitoba and support seniors age with dignity close to home, with access to home care or care in a safe long-term care facility. The two leaders also discussed early learning and child care, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, opportunities to expand Manitoba’s low carbon economy, and partnerships under the Team Canada engagement strategy to promote Canada’s economic interests across the United States Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Kinew committed to continue working together on these and other important issues. Associated Links More doctors, more nurses, shorter wait times in Manitoba Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Premier of Manitoba Wab Kinew
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The leaders agreed that the need for humanitarian assistance in Gaza has never been greater and that rapid, safe, and unimpeded humanitarian relief must be provided to civilians.  The Prime Minister and the President discussed their concerns around Israel’s planned offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and the severe humanitarian implications for all civilians taking refuge in the area, including many Canadians and their families. Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated that the protection of civilians is paramount and a requirement under international humanitarian law. The price of defeating Hamas should not be at the expense of Palestinian civilians. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the President’s support in securing the exit of foreign nationals from Gaza. He also thanked him for playing a key diplomatic role in ceasefire negotiations for the release of hostages, and for increasing the humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza. The leaders exchanged on the importance of avoiding further escalation of this conflict in the region. They agreed on the need for a renewed path to ensure a two-state solution and emphasized the right of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, security, and dignity, without fear. Prime Minister Trudeau and President el-Sisi agreed to remain in contact as the situation evolves. Associated Links Canada-Egypt relations Joint Statement by the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand Statement by the Prime Minister on attacks against Israel Statement by the Prime Minister on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip Canada’s response to the crisis in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Israel War Cabinet member Minister Benny Gantz
    Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Minister Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s War Cabinet, to discuss the situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. The Prime Minister shared his concern around Israel’s planned offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and the severe humanitarian implications for all civilians taking refuge in the area. The Prime Minister added that the protection of civilians is paramount and a requirement under international humanitarian law. The Prime Minister unequivocally condemned Hamas and its brutal attacks against Israel, including the use of civilians as human shields, and underscored Canada’s position that Hamas must lay down its arms and release all hostages immediately. The Prime Minister also stressed the need for continued support from Israel in facilitating the exit of Canadians and their families from Gaza. Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated the importance of renewing efforts and engaging all regional actors toward a two-state solution to secure lasting peace in the region. Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Gantz reaffirmed the strong relationship between Israel and Canada and agreed to remain in contact as the situation evolves. Associated Links Canada-Israel relations Canada’s response to the crisis in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Statement by the Prime Minister on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip Joint Statement by the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Israel War Cabinet member Minister Benny Gantz
  • More doctors, more nurses, shorter wait times in Manitoba
    Together, the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba are working to bring the health care workers we need to the front lines so we can cut wait times and deliver the best possible care to Manitobans. Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, alongside the Premier of Manitoba, Wab Kinew, announced over $633 million in funding to improve health care in Manitoba. Through the Working Together Agreement, the Government of Canada will provide close to $434 million to support Manitoba’s three-year action plan to improve health care, and approximately $199 million through the Aging with Dignity Agreement to support their five-year action plan to improve home, community, and long-term care for seniors. Under the Working Together agreement, Manitoba will move forward with its commitments to fix the damage done to health care, starting with staffing shortages. The funding will support Manitoba’s goal to hire 400 more doctors, 300 more nurses, 200 paramedics, and 100 home care workers. These targeted investments will help to add more acute and medicine beds to Manitoba’s health care system, ease the pressure on crowded emergency rooms, and expand primary care options to families so they can spend more time doing what they love to do, and less time waiting for care. Together, Canada and Manitoba are working to remove barriers for internationally trained doctors and health professionals to practise in Manitoba. This includes removing barriers to foreign credential recognition, simplifying licensing processes, and increasing program access to educated and skilled health professionals. Manitoba will make it easier for health workers to move within Canada so they spend less time dealing with red tape and more time helping patients in need. Manitoba will hire more psychologists to help reduce wait times for counselling and double hospital spaces for those experiencing homelessness and needing comprehensive health care and treatment. Additionally, the Province will support addictions treatment services, peer support, and other community-based mental health initiatives.  Through the Aging with Dignity agreement, Manitoba will ensure all seniors are able to age with dignity and respect. The province will better support seniors who want to age at home, in community, or in personal care homes. To improve the quality of long-term care, the province will increase safety and standards and hire more long-term care workers to ensure clean, quality, and personalized care. Manitoba will also create a Seniors Advocate to act as an independent, strong voice for seniors and their families. The federal and provincial governments will engage and work with Indigenous Peoples to address gaps and systemic inequities in Indigenous health care services and improve access to culturally safe care. Under the agreement, funds will support Indigenous families through Granny’s House, a project that provides culturally safe, and community-led care to children and families. Funding will also support Indigenous-led treatment programs that provide culturally safe and relationship-based individualized care for youth. As we move forward on the shared path of reconciliation, safe and timely health care is a priority for Indigenous communities. This investment is part of the Government of Canada’s larger work to invest over $200 billion to improve health care, including through tailored bilateral agreements with provinces and territories as well as $5.4 billion for Aging with Dignity agreements. Through the agreements announced today, the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba will deliver better results for patients, support health workers, and protect our health care system now and into the future. Quotes “Canadians value universal public health care. That’s why we’re signing agreements with provinces and territories to make health care work better for Canadians. Today’s agreements with Manitoba will help hire more health workers, reduce wait times, support seniors, and make sure Canadians get the care they need, when they need it.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada “Fixing the health care staffing shortage is job number one for our government – that means more support for the bedside instead of the bureaucracy. We will work with the Government of Canada to hire more doctors and more nurses into our system, so we can start to cut wait times and deliver the best care possible for Manitobans.”  The Hon. Wab Kinew, Premier of Manitoba “Keeping public health care available to everyone is crucial for Canadians, and they trust us to work together to address challenges in our health care system. These agreements and action plans, reflecting Manitoba’s priorities, are a step in the right direction to improve access to care across the province. Working with all provinces and territories, we aim to make Canada’s health care system better for everyone.” The Hon. Mark Holland, Minister of Health “Through collaborative efforts, we are working together to bridge the gap and make meaningful strides in mental health care provision. The aim is to ensure that residents in Manitoba have equitable access to a comprehensive and high-quality spectrum of mental health and well-being support services. By investing in these initiatives, they are aspiring to meet the evolving needs of their communities and contribute to the overall mental health and resilience of the people they serve.” The Hon. Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health “Manitoba families and seniors deserve quality care, close to home. Today’s announcement will open new beds throughout our system, put more doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals at the bedside, reduce wait times, and improve the culture in health care throughout our province.”  The Hon. Uzoma Asagwara, Manitoba’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care “These investments will reduce wait times and help more Manitoba families and kids get the mental health care they need. It’s a key part of our plan to improve mental health services to ensure Manitobans are supported and well in their communities.” The Hon. Bernadette Smith, Manitoba’s Minister of Housing, Addictions and Homelessness and Minister responsible for Mental Health Quick Facts Today’s agreements reinforce Canada’s and Manitoba’s commitment to protect Canadians’ access to health care based on need, not their ability to pay, as outlined in the Canada Health Act. Manitoba’s three-year, Working Together action plan can be found here and Aging with Dignity action plan here. Progress on the Province’s initiatives and broader commitments under this new agreement will be measured against targets which the Province will publicly report on annually. The federal government works collaboratively and in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and communities to support improved access to high quality, culturally appropriate health services, greater Indigenous control of health services, and improved health outcomes. Each year, the federal government invests approximately $5 billion in Indigenous health. Under the Working Together agreement, Manitoba will use funds to support Indigenous families through Granny’s House, a project that provides culturally safe, and community-led care to children and families. Funding will also support Indigenous-led treatment programs that provide culturally safe and relationship-based individualized care for youth. Under Aging with Dignity agreement, Manitoba will: increase the safety and wellness of seniors by developing a hearing aid program and increasing services to victims of elder abuse; improve access to community supports including the establishment of a safe and healthy home for seniors program that supports home modification grants, and the expansion of dementia supports to reduce wait times from three weeks to 48 hours for their First Link program; improve health services by increasing the number of clients to 1,700 per year in the Self and Family Managed Care program and by expanding palliative care services reaching 600 clients per year; support long-term care safety and standards, including increased infection prevention and control measures to support resident safety; and   increase the quality of long-term care through staffing expansion to increase the hours of direct care each resident receives. Budget 2023 outlined the Government of Canada’s plan to invest close to $200 billion over 10 years, including $46.2 billion in new funding for provinces and territories, to improve health care for Canadians. Within this funding, $25 billion is allocated through tailored bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to address the unique needs of their populations and geography in four shared health priorities: expanding access to family health services, including in rural and remote areas; supporting health workers and reducing backlogs; increasing mental health and substance use support; and modernizing health care systems with health data and digital tools. The Government is also working with provinces and territories to implement a second bilateral agreement focused on helping Canadians age with dignity close to home, with access to home care or care in a safe long-term care facility. This agreement includes the remaining $2.4 billion ($600 million per year from 2023-24 to 2026-27) to improve access to home and community care from Budget 2017; and the $3 billion ($600 million per year from 2023-24 to 2027-28) for long-term care from Budget 2021 to apply standards of care in long-term care facilities and help support workforce stability. The agreements with Manitoba mark the third jurisdiction to have announced both Working Together and Aging with Dignity agreements, following British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, have announced Working Together agreements. All provinces and territories are already making considerable investments to advance progress in all four priority areas, and this new federal funding is complementing and expanding those efforts. As part of bilateral agreements, provinces and territories are asked to develop action plans that outline how funds will be spent and how progress will be measured to demonstrate to Canadians that improvements are occurring in Canada’s health care system. In addition to tailored bilateral agreements, the federal government is supporting provinces and territories through: Guaranteed Canada Health Transfer (CHT) increases of at least five per cent from 2023-24 to 2027-28 (amounting to $17.5 billion over 10 years in additional funding through the CHT); and A one-time CHT $2 billion top-up to address the urgent needs of emergency rooms and paediatric hospitals, which was delivered in June 2023. As part of its investment of close to $200 billion over 10 years to improve health care for people in Canada, the Government of Canada is providing $2 billion for the new Indigenous Health Equity Fund to make further progress on Indigenous health priorities across the country. Today’s announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s recent announcement that up to $86 million will be provided to 15 organizations across the country to increase the capacity for foreign credential recognition of approximately 6,600 internationally educated health care professionals. This investment through the Foreign Credential Recognition Program will help ensure highly educated and skilled immigrants receive proper recognition for their international credentials in Canada. Associated Links Working together to improve health care for Canadians The Government of Canada and Manitoba Reach Agreement in Principle to Improve Health Services for Canadians Canada’s health care system Canada Health Transfer Canada Health Act
  • Statement by the Prime Minister on National Flag of Canada Day
    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Flag of Canada Day: “Today, we celebrate the 59th anniversary of one of our country’s greatest symbols – the National Flag of Canada. “On February 15, 1965, the maple leaf was raised on Parliament Hill for the first time. Decades later, the symbol remains central to our identity – embodying the values of peace, diversity, and unity that define us as Canadians. “The maple leaf is both a symbol of our progress and a testament to our commitment to reaching new heights. The flag has been launched into space and brought to the highest point on earth. It has flown at ports, airports, schools, and libraries across the country and at Canada’s diplomatic missions around the world. “The maple leaf also symbolizes the values of kindness, empathy, and hard work we share as Canadians. From doctors and innovators to the Canadian Armed Forces and first responders, the maple leaf represents our abiding faith in progress, prosperity, and a better tomorrow. “In many ways, the maple leaf is the promise of Canada. The promise that every generation can reach even higher than the last. On this National Flag of Canada Day, let’s work to secure the promise of the flag, embody its values, and build a better, more prosperous future, together.”

A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values.