Toronto, Feb. 14 -- Ontario Premier Doug Ford has signed a $3.1-billion health-care deal with the federal government to increase access to primary care and reduce wait times.

The $3.1 billion promised covers the first three years of this agreement, ministry officials have confirmed.

Calling the deal "historic," Ford said: "This new funding will bolster the significant work we are doing in Ontario. we know there is more work to do. That's why today's agreement is so important to strengthening our health-care system."

The other provinces that have made this agreement include British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.

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