WHEREAS 32 per cent of Canadians have no dental insurance at all, and six million Canadians avoid visiting the dentist every year due to cost;

WHEREAS Poor dental health is linked to serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetic complications, and premature birth;

WHEREAS The omission of dental coverage from our universal health-care system is both a pressing public health concern and a social justice issue;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That through NPF call on the Government of Canada to take the necessary steps to establish a universal dental care program so that all Canadians have access to medically necessary dental care.

Submitted by SSAI AGM 2019