Victoria: British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to sign a tailored funding agreement with the federal government.

The deal is as part of the 196-billion-dollar health accord that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered the provinces earlier this year.

In exchange, B.C. has developed a plan to increase patient access to family health care and mental health and addictions services.

It’s also agreed to work with the First Nations Health Authority to improve access to culturally appropriate treatment and care.

Federal Health Minister Mark Holland said the funding will see Ottawa shift $1.2 billion to B.C. in the next three years as part of a 10-year commitment to support provincial health-care efforts.

All provinces and territories except Quebec have agreed to the health-funding deal in principle. — The Canadian Press

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