Budget doesn’t go far enough on pharmacare

Yesterday’s federal budget clears important obstacles from the path to national pharmacare. The 2019 budget allocates funding for a new federal drug agency. There is also new funding for drug coverage for rare diseases.

But the federal government missed a key opportunity to commit to universal pharmacare. We all know that drug costs won’t come down unless there is one plan and one buyer.

Millions of Canadians are struggling to afford their prescription medications. We need to speak up right now and tell the Finance Minister we expect much more.


Let’s tell him why half measures are not going to cut it and will only satisfy the drug and insurance companies. With an election looming next fall, he needs to hear our message loud and clear right now.

Hassan Yussuff
Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada’s unions