The federal government is investing nearly $1 billion in a dental care program for children under the age of 12 from uninsured families.
Federal ministers announced the interim dental program in a press conference on Sept. 20. The program is part of Bill C-31, a bill that introduces a series of cost-of-living relief measures.
The Canada Dental Benefit targets low- and middle-income families making less than $90,000 annually. The program provides eligible households with “direct, up-front tax-free payments” to cover dental expenses for children under 12 years old. Eligible families that have submitted their income and tax statuses and applying for the benefits on the Canada Revenue Agency website would have access to direct payments totalling up to $1,300 per child over the next two years, the cabinet said….
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