In Canada, the administration of healthcare is a provincial responsibility. The provinces decide which services will, or will not, receive public funds. In fact, there is no law explicitly stating which services a province must provide. Furthermore, most, if not all, provinces have delisted services that were once provided by the health care system. It is expected that the provinces will exercise their power to delist services in the future. As such, there is no reason for abortion not to be one those services.
Some provincial legislators argue that they are required by the Canadian Health Act to fund abortions in their respective provinces. This is not true. Prince Edward Island does not allow abortions to be performed in that province, and it is within their legal right to do so. Currently, there are no abortions performed, privately-funded or publicly-funded, within the boundaries of that province. The government of Prince Edward Island will only use public funds for abortions that are for the purpose of saving the life of the mother – but these abortions must be performed in a hospital in another province.