Public dental care for children would cost $703 million

Public dental care for children would cost $703M


Public dental care for children under 12 could cost $703 million over the next three years, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) estimates in a report released Thursday.  

The children's program is the first step towards dental coverage for all age groups that the government hopes to have in place by the end of its current mandate, in 2025.

“With the introduction of the CDP [Canadian Dental Benefit], it is assumed that access to dental care will be less constrained by income and that more people will participate in the federal plan,” is explained in the document prepared by Nasreddine. Ammar of the PBO.

The PDC has three tiers: a benefit of $650 per child for families with a net income of less than $70,000; $390 per child for families earning between $70,000 and $79,999; $260 per child for families with a net income between $80,000 and $89,999.

Bill C-31 passed second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, despite opposition from the Conservatives. This means that the New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Bloc supported the program.

C-31 also includes an increase in the Canada Housing Benefit, offered to families earning less than $35,000 and allocating at least 30% of their adjusted net income to housing expenses. This one-time assistance should help 1.8 million people, according to Ottawa.

Mr. Trudeau lamented that the Conservative Party voted against the bill.

“This is unacceptable. We will continue to work to make your life more affordable,” Trudeau tweeted.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh fired an arrow at Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. “Good morning everyone except those who voted against access to dental care for children under 12,” he tweeted alongside a photo of Mr. Poilievre.

For the Conservatives, the spending contained in the bill will contribute to higher inflation.