The House of Commons has voted to pass 3rd reading of the Liberals’ dental-care benefit bill. This bill will allow the government to send cheques to low income families to pay for their kids’ dental needs.
The vote passed 172 to 138, with Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois voting against the benefit. The program would give children with families who make less than $90,000 a year as much as $650 per child.
Families will have to apply through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and attest that they have booked a dental visit for their children, and that they do not have any private insurance and that they will have out-of-pocket expenses for the appointment.
Furthermore, because finances will be audited, families will also have to keep their receipts.
The bill also includes a one-time subsidy of $500 for low-income renters to help people cope with the cost of inflation.
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