Senators pass Liberal dental benefit for kids, housing benefit for renters

Kids’ dental care program could start as early as Dec. 1

Senators have passed a bill that will allow low− and middle−income families to access government money to help care for their kids’ dental care, starting as early as Dec. 1.

The dental benefit was a compromise between the Liberals and NDP, as part of the supply−and−confidence agreement that will see the New Democrats support the minority government until 2025.

The Liberals are working to create a dental insurance program, but have created a new benefit to allow qualifying families to get help in the meantime.

Families with a household income lower than $90,000 who do not have private insurance can apply for up to $650 per child under the age of 12.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Jean−Yves Duclos says the portal to apply is expected to open on Dec. 1.

Bill C−31, which also includes a one−time housing benefit of $500 for low−income renters, still needs royal assent before it is signed into law.

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