News release

Healthcare, Energy, Trade, COVID-19 Discussed at Council of Atlantic Premiers Meeting

Premier Tim Houston attended a virtual Council of Atlantic Premiers meeting, Thursday evening, December 9.

Premiers endorsed a regional accord that will strengthen healthcare and directed their ministers of health to develop priority actions based on the accord. It calls for further collaboration in delivering healthcare services to Atlantic Canadians, including:

  • working together on the recruitment and retention of health professionals
  • creating a sustainable work environment for the healthcare sector
  • developing and maintaining specialized care services for the region
  • introducing new technology
  • finding ways to improve healthcare delivery.

Premiers also reaffirmed their commitment to work together to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the region.

Dominic LeBlanc, federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Infrastructure and Communities, joined the meeting to discuss developing the region’s energy potential and other shared priorities for Atlantic Canada. Premiers strongly urged Minister LeBlanc to partner with them to support a shared vision for the development and transmission of reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to meet the region’s current and future needs, which will also contribute towards national climate change goals.

The meeting communique is available at:

Premier Houston becomes Chair of the Council of Atlantic Premiers on January 1, and is looking forward to chairing a meeting in early January 2022.


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