The federal government is aiming to launch the first phase of its national dental-care program on Dec. 1.

The program, which will provide dental care for uninsured households earning less than $90,000 annually, will initially provide coverage of up to $650 per year for children aged 12 and younger, according to a press release. The first phase of the plan will provide eligible parents or guardians with direct payments for dental care, retroactive to Oct. 1, 2022.

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The dental-care program, along with plans for a national pharmacare program, was announced in March as part of a deal that will see the New Democratic Party support the Liberals on matters of confidence until 2025.

In the press release, the federal government said it remains committed to full implementation of a dental-care program for households with incomes under $90,000 by 2025.

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