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Budget 2021 continues to protect the health, mental health and safety of British Columbians and expands the services people rely on with $4 billion in health care funding over the next three years, including funding to continue to deliver COVID-19 related health services.

COVID-19 health supports to keep people safe

As more people are vaccinated, government is working hard to keep people safe. Budget 2021 allocates $900 million in 2021/22 to support the Province’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 vaccines for every British Columbian.
  • Testing and contact tracing, expanded flu immunization and improved access to health services for rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
  • Screening staff for COVID-19 at long-term care and assisted living facilities to keep seniors safe.
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Strengthening B.C. health care for a healthy tomorrow

Budget 2021 includes significant investments to continue to strengthen B.C. health care so people know that help is there when they need it.

Budget 2021 also invests:

  • $585 million to train and hire up to 3,000 people as health care workers.
  • $45 million to help address systemic racism against Indigenous people in the health care system.
  • $68 million to increase the number of care aides and community care providers to deliver quality home care to help seniors with daily living.
  • $12 million to provide seniors with complex needs care from the comfort of their homes.

$495 million to increase capacity in diagnostic imaging and surgery

The largest mental health investment in B.C. history

Through the largest investment ever made in British Columbians’ mental health, Budget 2021 will continue the expansion of mental health and substance use supports to better connect people to culturally safe and effective care. This includes $500 million in new funding over the fiscal plan to expand mental health and addictions services.

  • $97 million to build a better network of mental health supports for youth.
  • $14 million for the First Nations Health Authority to deliver mental health and addictions services to Indigenous Peoples.
  • $330 million to provide a full spectrum of substance-use treatment and recovery services, including opioid treatment.
  • 195 new substance use treatment and recovery beds throughout the province to help more people get on a path to recovery.

$61 million to improve access and quality of mental health services.

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Investing in new health infrastructure

Budget 2021 continues to focus on building critical health infrastructure through $7.8 billion in capital investments over the fiscal plan period. The investments will support new major construction projects, and upgrading of health facilities, medical and diagnostic equipment and technology systems.

New health projects such as the new Surrey Hospital and Cancer Centre are in addition to projects like the new St. Paul’s Hospital and new hospitals in the Cowichan District, Dawson Creek and district, Terrace and Stuart Lake. Investments also include new spaces for patients in the Burnaby Hospital, the Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, Penticton Regional Hospital and the Cariboo Memorial Hospital.