How does health spending differ across provinces and territories?

Health expenditures vary across the country

How do the provinces and territories compare?
Province/territory Cost per person Percentage of budget Percentage of per capita growth
Canada (average) $6,299 38% 1.7%
Newfoundland and Labrador $7,256 41% 2.6%
Prince Edward Island $6,389 38% 2.0%
Nova Scotia $6,643 46% 1.0%
New Brunswick $6,421 38% 2.4%
Quebec $5,822 30% 1.4%
Ontario $6,144 41% 1.1%
Manitoba $7,120 42% 3.9%
Saskatchewan $6,838 38% 3.3%
Alberta $6,995 41% 1.9%
British Columbia $6,214 43% 2.3%
Yukon $12,429 22% 9.4%
Northwest Territories $15,065 25% 2.7%
Nunavut $14,301 27% 31%

Notes: Cost per person includes public- and private-sector spending, forecasted for 2016. Percentage of budget: Provincial/territorial government health spending as percentage of budget, forecasted for 2015. Source: National Health Expenditure Database, Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Highlights

  • In the provinces in 2016, total health expenditure per capita is expected to range from $7,256 in Newfoundland and Labrador and $7,120 in Manitoba to $5,822 in Quebec and $6,144 in Ontario.
  • Variations in health care spending reflect differences in the population of each province and territory and its health care needs, as well as the organization of health services, health personnel compensation and the sharing of costs between the public and private sectors.