Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is expected to pass a dental care law today allowing the government to send checks to low- and middle-income families to help them pay for services. your child’s dental health.
The eligible children under 12 benefit is the first stage of the government’s larger dental care ambitions and a key element of the Liberals’ confidence and supply agreement with the NDP.
The government will pay families up to $650 per child per year, depending on their household income.
Families will have to apply to the Canada Revenue Agency and attest that their child has no private dental insurance, that they have out-of-pocket dental costs, and they will keep their receipts.
The government hopes to start sending checks in early December.
Meanwhile, the health department is still working on a more comprehensive dental care program, which it hopes will be fully implemented by 2025.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 20, 2022