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News release
April 7, 2022

Ontario’s doctors sought larger increase in Canada Health Transfer

TORONTO, April 7, 2022—Ontario’s doctors say the federal budget falls short of what is needed, with only a 4.8 per cent increase in the Canada Health Transfer.

The Ontario Medical Association strongly supports the call by Canada’s premiers to increase the Canada Health Transfer from the current 22 per cent to 35 per cent of provincial-territorial health-care spending. This would give the provinces and territories the resources necessary to make health system improvements within their respective jurisdictions.

While it was originally envisioned that health-care spending be shared equally by the federal government and the provinces and territories, the federal government’s share has decreased over time.

Increasing the CHT would allow Ontario to address many of the cracks in the health-care system exposed by the pandemic. The OMA offers 87 specific recommendations in its Prescription for Ontario: Doctor’s 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care.

About the OMA

The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario’s 43,000-plus physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating for and supporting doctors while strengthening the leadership role of doctors in caring for patients. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.

For further information:
Leslie Shepherd
Director, Earned and social media
Ontario Medical Association