The Alberta legislature.
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The province has extended a deal that determines how pharmacies are funded until 2022.Last year, the Alberta government and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association created a funding framework set to expire March 31, 2020. That deal, projected to save the province $150 million, has now been extended for two more years, said a Friday news release.The agreement saves 8,700 seniors more than $100 per year in prescription costs, and seniors with significant prescription costs will save even more. The deal is slowing the growth of spending on government-sponsored drug programs, said the province.“The framework’s success demonstrates the power of collaboration and how, together, we can create a sustainable health system,” said Health Minister Sarah Hoffman in a statement.Pharmacy compensation growth will remain at 5.3 per cent over the two-year extension to take population growth into consideration, said the release.Alberta Francophonie Month gets underwayFriday marked the kickoff of Alberta Francophonie Month to celebrate French speakers in the province.“For more than 200 years, French speakers have made significant cultural, social and economic contributions to our province,” said Premier Rachel Notley in a statement.There will be a month of celebratory events, which started with the raising of the Franco-Albertan flag at the McDougall Centre in Calgary and at the Federal Building in Edmonton on Friday.Alberta is home to one of the largest, fastest-growing and most culturally diverse francophone populations in Canada, said Notley.“All across the province, it is becoming easier to study, work, live and play in French,” she firstname.lastname@example.org/clareclancy