June 30, 2017

Nurse examining the eye of Haida Elder

Nurse Chris Lemphers examining the eye of Haida Elder Edward Jones, Dave Paterson. Canadian Museum of History, 2007-H0009.5, IMG2008-0067-0024-Dm


In December 1966, Parliament passed the Medical Care Act, creating a national program of health insurance that guarantees universal access to health care regardless of income. Under this act, the provinces, constitutionally responsible for health care, receive federal funds in return for delivering services. The Medical Care Act came into effect on July 1, 1968.

Each day for 150 days leading up to the opening of the Canadian History Hall, we’re presenting one moment among the many that have shaped our country. Discover more of Canada’s significant historical events in the new Canadian History Hall, opening July 1, 2017.