The federal government intends to temporarily hike GST rebate cheques in a bid to ease some of the hurt of inflation for lower income Canadians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will announce a three-pronged plan to address affordability at the Liberal cabinet retreat in Vancouver Thursday.
Cabinet ministers are gathering ahead of the fall sitting of Parliament with the economy and the cost-of-living crisis top of mind. Read more: Trudeau cabinet ministers expected to focus on cost of living at retreat Two federal sources familiar with the plan say it will look to double some GST payments for six months, include help for Canadians struggling to pay their rent, and launch the first step of a national dental-care program.
The Canadian Press granted the sources anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public. The Liberals already promised a $500, one-time top up to the Canada Housing Benefit and to start phasing in a national dental-care program in last April’s budget.