Ontario-Quebec SummitPublished on September 10, 2020
Premier Ford and Premier Legault have concluded a successful Ontario-Quebec Summit, where they agreed to work together on accelerating economic recovery and advocating for a fair, flexible, and sustainable approach to health care funding for the benefit of the people of the two provinces.
With the COVID-19 crisis amplifying existing pressures on the provinces’ respective health care systems, Ontario and Québec are calling on the federal government to remedy longstanding underinvestment in provincial health care by committing to a long-term funding partnership with the provinces and territories for health care through a significant increase of the Canada Health Transfer.
The two provinces will continue to work together to share best practices and lessons learned from the pandemic, as well as prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19. The Premiers further call on the federal government to support economic recovery by funding their fair share of major infrastructure projects and fast-tracking approvals to get shovels in the ground sooner on highway, transit, and broadband projects for communities across the two provinces.
At the summit, Ontario and Quebec also agreed to join forces on fighting U.S. protectionism, removing trade barriers, and promoting Ontario-made and Québec-made products to help protect and create more jobs for Ontarians and Quebeckers. As Canada’s largest economies and one of the U.S.’ top customers, the two provinces contribute $1.1 trillion to Canada’s GDP and conduct CAD $496 billion in two-way trade with the U.S.
The two governments will further work together to develop shared principles on the safe and responsible reopening of the Canada-U.S. border and ensure Ottawa has a clear plan before any restrictions are relaxed. Given the current public health trends in the U.S., Ontario continues to support the extension of existing border restrictions.
To build on the progress made at the Summit, the Premiers have agreed to meet annually to advance these important issues and other shared priorities.
Premiers Ford and Legault look forward to working on these important proposals with their provincial partners at the upcoming meeting of Canada’s Premiers.
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