Healthcare Funding in Nova Scotia 

Canada Health Act and Canada Health Transfer

The Canada Health Act (CHA) is Canada’s federal legislation for publicly funded health care insurance.

Canada Health Transfer (CHT) is the transfer of money to provinces and territories to provide health care. The transfer is made on an equal per capita basis.


 How is healthcare funded in Nova Scotia?

The federal government collects money from various sources (i.e., income tax).

The federal government allocates funds to the provinces and territories for healthcare.

Nova Scotia received $1,109 million for 2021-22.


CHT to Novascotia

How does Nova Scotia use this money?

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW)  distributes these funds. The major divisions include:

  • Nova Scotia Health (NSH)
  • IWK Health
  • Medical Services Insurance (MSI)
  • Pharmacare Programs

These programs provide healthcare services to the public.