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New kids dental benefit open to some Canadians

The federal government’s national dental care program begins today (Thursday), with parents of children under 12 able to apply for benefits.

Low- and middle-income parents can apply for the benefits to cover dental costs not covered by other government programs.

It applies to families earning less than 90 thousand dollars a year and will be applied on a sliding scale.

Families with incomes under 70 thousand dollars will be able to receive 650 dollars per child, while those with incomes just under the 90-thousand-dollar limit will receive 260 dollars.

It’s the first stage of a program designed to establish a national dental care insurance scheme and was introduced by the Liberal government as part of a deal with the New Democrats to ensure their support in Parliament.

with files from Vista Radio newswire

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