New Brunswick government to spend 20 million more on seniors programs

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is releasing more details about next week’s provincial budget — this time for seniors.A government source tells The Canadian Press that Premier Brian Gallant will announce today that $20 million will be spent on a number of initiatives for seniors.Those initiatives include a pilot project to free-up acute care beds in hospitals by providing transition beds in special care homes for short-term patient stays.The government also plans to fully implement the colon cancer screening program for all men between the ages of 50 and 74, and will work to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements.Earlier this week, the premier announced $25 million in programs to help boost youth employment.He used his state-of-the province speech to unveil plans to spend $20 million to help make businesses more competitive and to boost exports.last_img