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PM announces $240-million investment 'to bring healthcare online'

Last Updated May 3, 2020 at 11:12 am MST

FILE - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during his daily press conference on COVID-19 in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, on Sunday, April 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau is calling additional funding for virtual health care a step forward

The federal government will be investing over $240-million to provide online health care services

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — On Sunday, the Prime Minister announced the federal government will be investing over $240-million to provide health care services virtually. 

Justin Trudeau says since the outbreak it’s understandable if Canadians are feeling overwhelmed. 

“Canada has faced challenge and heartbreak, on a scale, we could never have expected,” he says. “If you need support, that’s okay.”

During his daily briefing, he added, to continue supporting Canadians, the federal government will be expanding existing online tools by creating new virtual platforms for mental health and primary care. 

This investment is an extension to the Wellness Together Canada website, which was launched in April. On this site, Canadians can find people to talk to during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Whether you’re looking for strategies to manage stress or support from a professional, this will be a resource for you,” he says. 

Specialized tools made to specifically help marginalized communities will also be available. 

“If we can provide mental health support online, there’s no reason we can’t leverage technology in other areas of healthcare,” he adds. 

Through this investment, virtual care will be provided for the “times when you don’t need to see a doctor in person.”

“Take video conferencing — by helping doctors run appointments online. You can stay safe at home, while getting care, and our hospitals can stay focused on those who need it most,” he tells reporters. 

Additionally, on Sunday Procurement Minister Anita Anand will announce details on a new COVID-19 Supply Council.

“This council will be passed with finding innovative solutions to ensure our country continues to have the vital supplies necessary to keep Canadians safe,” Trudeau says. 

The Prime Minister also addresses parents and says they will be receiving additional help through the Canada Child Benefit. 

Parents can expect an extra $300 per child for families with kids. 

“That means an extra $600 for three kids, an extra $900, and so on,” he explains. 

“This is money for whatever you need, whether it’s online tutoring or groceries.”