DENTAL BILL TABLED AS PARLIAMENT RETURNS FOR FALL SESSION

Sep 20, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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The Trudeau government has introduced new dental-care legislation in the Commons to allow the government to send cheques to low- and middle-income families to help them pay for their kids’ bills.

If granted royal assent, Bill C-31 would provide qualifying families with children under the age of 12 — up to $650 per-child each year to pay for dental care services.

Families with a household income under $90,000 need to provide the Canada Revenue Agency with the name of their licensed dental-care practitioner and the month of the planned appointment.

They must also attest that the child does not have private dental insurance and that they will keep their receipts.

Officials with Health Canada, who provided a briefing on the condition they not be named, say families will not be penalized if they don’t use the full amount.

However, families who provide false information, can’t provide receipts or don’t use any of the money for dental care could face a maximum fine of $5,000.

(The Canadian Press)

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