YELLOWKNIFE: Delivering quality health services over long distances to small, isolated communities is an ongoing challenge for all of the territories. The Government of Canada is committed to improving the health services available to all Northerners.
On behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair along with Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Northwest Territories, announced today an investment of $28.4 million over four years to support health system innovation in the Northwest Territories. This is the Territories' portion of the Territorial Health Investment Fund, which was renewed in Budget 2017 for $108 million over four years.

The Territorial Health Investment Fund is designed to support efforts by the territories to innovate and transform health care systems, and to ensure that Northerners have access to the care they need. The funding will flow through a grant mechanism to maximize flexibility and minimize administrative burdens.

The funding announced today will allow the Northwest Territories to customize projects to meet unique priorities, including an oral health strategy, and will strengthen cultural competence within the health system. Part of the funding will also help mitigate costs related to medical transportation which is an integral part of insured services in the Northwest Territories due to the high number of small remote communities.


"Our Government believes that all Canadians should have access to high-quality health care. This investment is part of our commitment to support innovation and tailored solutions to meet the unique health care needs and challenges of the people of the Northwest Territories."

Bill Blair
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

"Our government is committed to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of NWT residents by making sure they have access to insured health services. We thank the Government of Canada for this investment, which will help residents receive the services they need in key areas including medical travel and oral health. It will also support our efforts to continue to build a culturally respectful health and social services system."

Glen Abernethy
Minister of Health and Social Services for Northwest Territories

(Posted on 20 October 2017, 1685482787 18O232O31O255)