ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a one per cent tax increase on some of the country's wealthiest residents will be enough to start funding a national dental care program
Singh began filling in details on one of his key campaign promises at a morning campaign stop in St. John's.
Singh says the new dental plan would be funded by a one per cent tax on Canadians with a net wealth of $10 million or more, a frequent theme running throughout the party's election promises. .
He says such a move would offer financial help to uninsured families who earn less than $90,000 a year and completely cover all dental care requirements for families with less than $60,000 in annual income.
Singh says the NDP would eventually add complete dental care coverage as a benefit under Canada’s health-care program, estimating the new plan would cost around $1.5 billion in its first year before leveling off to $1 billion a year later.
The plan is similar to the one Singh campaigned on in 2019, which also offered help for families earning less than $90,000 a year as well as a sliding copayment for families in the $70,000 to $90,000 annual earning bracket.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept 4, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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