Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new inflation relief measures today geared toward low-income families.
"These will be the very first pieces of legislation we introduce when the House returns."
In its plan, the federal government will be doubling the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit for six months and giving a one-time top-up worth $500 to the Canada Housing Benefit for Canadians who spend at least 30 percent of their incomes on rent, Trudeau said.
The government will also provide up to $650 per year for dental care to children under 12 who do not have access to dental insurance.
In total, the measures are worth more than $4.5 billion, with the GST credit accounting for $2.5 billion of the total and the dental benefit adding up to around $1 billion.
"These are things that will make a difference in people's lives right now," he added, "but they are also sufficiently targeted, that we are confident that they will not contribute to increased inflation."
The dental benefit is the "first stage of the government’s plan to deliver dental care for families with income under $90,000 who do not have access to dental insurance," according to a news release from the Prime Minister's office.
The benefit will temporarily be available only to uninsured children under 12, but the government said that a "new national dental program is under development," which aims to expand dental coverage by 2023 to uninsured Canadians under age 18, seniors, and disabled people.
The government also says it is aiming to implement a full national dental plan by 2025 that will cover all families with annual incomes under $90,000.