FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
An aging population, outmigration, and fertility rates among the lowest in Canada have caused a demographic crisis in our province. Newfoundland and Labrador needs more young people, and a Furey Government will encourage families to grow here through a number of different avenues.
“When it comes to dealing with our demographic challenges, our government recognizes the importance of examining all potential solutions and working with stakeholders to support population growth for a stable, sustainable future,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
Newfoundland and Labrador is one of only two provinces in Canada that does not have an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic. While the province offers support for pre and post IVF treatments and offers IUI (Intrauterine insemination) treatments, a number of people must leave the province at great expense and time to seek IVF.
“Our government listens, and over several months we have heard the concerns of families hoping to bring a child into their communities as well as doctors looking at ways to offer IVF services,” Premier Furey said.
The Furey Government will support people who want to have children and help reduce current obstacles, by working with stakeholders to increase access to fertility treatments and enable IVF services in the province.
In the immediate term, the Furey government will review funding opportunities to help ease the financial burden for eligible Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who must travel to out-of-province fertility clinics for treatment. Our government will also seek opportunities for associated prescribed medications to become more affordable as the Federal Government works toward a national, universal pharmacare program.