On April 7, 2022, the Canadian federal government released its 2022 budget titled A plan to grow our economy and make life more affordable.

The budget includes various supports for the health sector, including responding to the effects of COVID-19, the backlog of health procedures resulting from COVID-19, the need for widespread mental health services and supports, and the support for indigenous peoples. Highlights of investments for the health system include:

Health care system

  • A Canada Health Transfer of $45.2 billion in 2022-2023.
  • $2 billion through a top-up to the Canada Health Transfer to reduce the backlog of surgeries and procedures.
  • $20 million over five years starting in 2022-23 for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support additional research into the long-term effects of COVID-19 infections on Canadians, as well as the implications broader implications of COVID-19 on health and healthcare systems.
  • $20 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to step up its efforts to learn more about dementia and brain health, to improve treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, and to assess and treat mental health consequences for caregivers and different models of care.
  • $30 million over three years, starting in 2022-23, to the Public Health Agency of Canada, for the Center for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, to help accelerate innovations in brain health and aging.
  • $26.2 million over four years, starting in 2023-24 and $7 million ongoing to increase the maximum repayable student loan amount by 50 per cent for nurses and doctors working in rural or remote communities with poor served.
  • $5.3 billion over five years, starting in 2022-23 and $1.7 billion ongoing to Health Canada to provide dental care to Canadian families with annual incomes below $90,000, without copayments share for people whose annual income is less than $70,000.

Mental Health

  • $140 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to Health Canada for Wellness Together Canada portal so it can continue to provide Canadians with tools and services to support their mental health and well-being be.
  • $100 million over three years, starting in 2022-23, to Health Canada for the Substance Use and Addictions Program to support harm reduction, treatment and prevention at the community level.
  • $3.7 million over four years, starting in 2022-23, to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat for the Black-led engagement, design and implementation of a public servant mental health fund black feds.

Public health

  • $436.2 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, with $15.5 million of amortization remaining, to the Public Health Agency of Canada, to strengthen core surveillance and risk assessment within the Agency. This will include supporting real-time tracking of virus trends, monitoring the longer-term health impacts of COVID-19, and expanding risk assessment capacity and research networks to new strains of influenza, emerging respiratory infections, and vaccine safety and effectiveness. .
  • $50 million in 2022-23 to the Public Health Agency of Canada to support operations of the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile.
  • $25 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, for Women and Gender Equality Canada to establish a national pilot project for a Menstrual Fairness Fund that will help make menstrual products accessible to Canadians in need.

Indigenous communities

  • $268 million in 2022-23 to continue to provide high-quality health care in remote and isolated First Nations communities on reserve.
  • $190.5 million in 2022-23 to Indigenous Services Canada for the Indigenous Community Support Fund to help Indigenous communities and organizations mitigate the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
  • $227.6 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to maintain trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and Indigenous-led services to improve mental wellness, and to support efforts launched as part of Budget 2021 to co-develop distinctions-based mental health and wellbeing strategies.

Full The 2022 budget can be accessed here.

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