Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in Ottawa in September.
The government health agency said Wednesday the availability of the vaccine would "reduce the spread and severity of COVID-19 disease and reduce its social and economic consequences", adding that the vaccine is roughly 95 per cent effective and showed no serious safety concerns.
When provincial programs are factored in, Ottawa hopes to see overall reductions of 40 per cent by that time.
"We are going to do that", he said, "and I look forward to conversations over the coming months about how we can increase it".
Trudeau said the tax will continue to be rebated and that most families should get more back than they pay in tax.
So premiers can hardly be surprised that Trudeau doesn't seem in any rush to deal with their decades-long complaint that Ottawa is not paying its fair share of annual health care costs.
The premiers' demand for more health-care cash comes as the federal government is facing an unprecedented deficit approaching $400 billion.
Ford had yet to issue a statement about the meeting when this article was published. This is a first step, with more work to do in order to achieve a long-term solution. That cost Quebec $500 million, Legault said, and requires additional funding in future years. Health-care spending is rising 5 per cent a year, because of an aging population and costly new drugs and medical technology, he said.
The total cost is estimated at more than $1 billion so far. The provinces went into the meeting with Trudeau asking for 35 per cent.
"There is a need to increase transfers to the provinces permanently".
Healthcare, COVID-19 and vaccines were three of the big items discussed during a first Ministers meeting. He said Saskatchewan is "thankful" for federal support during the pandemic, but he noted those are only one-time costs.
The government's updated climate plan includes 64 new measures and Can$15 billion in investments for building energy efficiency retrofits, boosting uses of transit and electric cars, as well as modernizing Canada's electrical grid.