Parents can apply to the Canada Revenue Agency starting Thursday to receive the Children’s Dental Benefit, which the federal Liberals say is intended to ease the cost of living for low-income Canadians, but which, according to critics, is a drop in the ocean.
The benefit, to be used for dental services, is available for children under 12 in families earning less than $90,000 a year and ranges from $260 to $650 per child depending on net income.
A one-time $500 rent supplement for low-income households that was also accelerated this fall will be available from December 12.
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A permanent update to the Canada Labor Code that requires the federally regulated private sector to provide employees with two weeks of paid sick leave also comes into effect today.
At the end of the month, workers who have been continuously employed for at least 30 days will have access to their first three days of paid sick leave, and they will continue to accrue one day per month thereafter up to a maximum. of 10 days. a year.
The NDP has pushed for policies on dental care and sick days as part of a deal to back minority Liberals on key legislation and confidence votes through 2025.
“This is just the first step,” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement on Wednesday. “We will continue to fight to ensure that all Canadians have access to comprehensive dental care through our health care system.
When pushed on cost of living issues during Question Period in the House of Commons this week, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland highlighted the dental plan, which will be in place for the next two years , as a plan that would make a dent in the financial difficulties of Canadians.
“Never again will Canadian parents of young children have to choose between buying groceries, paying the rent or taking their child to the dentist,” she said.
But the official opposition Conservatives, who voted against the policies, argued that the Liberal subsidies are a drop in the ocean compared to the costs Canadians face due to inflation.
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