March 21, 2019
by Cherise Seucharan, Star Vancouver
The province has increased funding to non-profit dental clinics providing free and low-cost dental care.
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson announced a commitment of $3.6 million in funding over three years, which will be distributed by the British Columbia Dental Association to the province’s 24 dental clinics.
The funding is part of TogetherBC, the province’s first-ever poverty-reduction strategy, which was released on Monday.
“Poverty requires a multitude of solutions and too many people are denied opportunities because of physical, social, financial and structural barriers,” Simpson said at the Mid-Main Community Health Clinic on Wednesday. “Dental care can be one of those barriers.”
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