Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is expected to present dental-care legislation on Tuesday that would allow the government to send checks to low- and middle-income families to help them pay for their children’s oral health services.
Eligibility for children under 12 is the first phase of the government’s big dental care ambitions and a key element of the Liberal Party’s supply-and-confidence deal with the NDP.
The government pays families up to $650 per child per year depending on their family income.
Families must apply to the Canada Revenue Agency and verify that their child does not have private dental insurance, that they have out-of-pocket dental expenses, and that they keep their receipts.
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The government hopes to start sending checks by early December.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health is still working on a comprehensive dental care programme, which it hopes will be fully implemented by 2025.
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