Budget 2023: A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future is a crucial step by the Canadian government to make life more affordable for Canadians. The plan aims to provide dental coverage to uninsured Canadians and to increase healthcare investments by more than $198 billion over 10 years. The Canadian Dental Care Plan will be fully implemented by 2025, providing dental coverage for up to nine million Canadians. This is a significant step towards ensuring that every Canadian has access to dental care, regardless of their financial status.
According to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, “Everyone should be able to put good food on their tables and see a dentist when they need to.”
Many Canadians are struggling with the impacts of global inflation, which is making the cost of living a real challenge. As a result, the government began the process last year to provide targeted support to those who need it most, and Budget 2023 continues to deliver much-needed relief.
The Canadian Dental Care Plan is a significant part of Budget 2023. By the end of this year, the plan will begin rolling out, providing dental coverage for uninsured Canadians under 18, persons with disabilities, and seniors who have an annual family income of less than $90,000. There will be no co-pays for those with an annual family income under $70,000. By 2025, the Canadian Dental Care Plan will be fully implemented to cover all uninsured Canadians with an annual family income under $90,000.
The Canadian Dental Benefit for kids was launched last year, and it has already helped more than 250,000 kids across Canada get the dental care they need and deserve.
In addition to the Canadian Dental Care Plan, the federal government is also increasing healthcare investments by more than $198 billion over 10 years. The government is working with the provinces and territories to get people access to family health care teams, clear backlogs, and support front-line health care workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having access to quality healthcare, and this investment is a significant step towards providing Canadians with the care they need.
No one should have to choose between taking care of their teeth and paying their bills. The Canadian Dental Care Plan will help millions of Canadians see a dentist and provide much-needed relief for families. This plan is an essential step towards ensuring that every Canadian has access to dental care, regardless of their financial status.