NWT secures $36 million boost for health services through federal deal

It will fund several initiatives, including recruitment of healthcare professionals

NWT secures $36 million boost for health services through federal deal

The Northwest Territories has finalised agreements with the federal government to secure $36 million in funding for the region’s health services.

According to a report by the Canadian Press, one of these agreements is for a $24 million investment over three years that will go toward strengthening the recruitment of medical professionals such and enhancing services for addiction, mental health, and suicide prevention.

Another provides $12 million over five years to improve long-term care facilities and support services for NWT’s aging population, the report said, citing Federal Health Minister Mark Holland.

Both initiatives form part of a broader move by the federal government in which it has formed a series of bilateral health agreements with provinces and territories across Canada, cumulatively valued at $25 billion.

Lesa Semmler, the Minister for Health and Social Services in NWT, spoke of the collaborative nature of this deal, stating it includes contributions from Indigenous governments within the territory.

Additionally, NWT has said that it will work with the federal government to improve the management and sharing of health-related information, as well as facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications for health care specialists.

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