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The Government of Canada has announced some details of the new Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) which is designed to help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care.

Eligibility

To qualify for the CDCP, the following criteria must be met:

  • have filed their tax return in the previous year
  • an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000
  • no access to private dental insurance
    *Applicants must not have dental insurance that is still valid at time of application.
  • be a Canadian resident for tax purposes

Application Process and Rollout

The program will be rolled out in a phased approach over the coming months, starting with seniors. Beginning in December 2023, letters will start to be mailed to potentially eligible seniors informing them they may qualify for the plan and inviting them to apply. This letter will include a personalized application code and instructions on how to apply over the phone.

GroupApplications Open
Seniors aged 87 and aboveStarting December 2023
Seniors aged 77 to 86Starting January 2024
Seniors aged 72 to 76Starting February 2024
Seniors aged 70 to 71Starting March 2024
Seniors aged 65 to 69Starting May 2024
Persons with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificateStarting June 2024
Children under 18 years oldStarting June 2024
All remaining eligible Canadian residentsStarting 2025

Coverage

Services that could be covered under the CDCP include the following, with some services only becoming available in fall 2024:

  • preventive services, including scaling (cleaning), polishing, sealants, and fluoride
  • diagnostic services, including examinations and x-rays
  • restorative services, including fillings
  • endodontic services, including root canal treatments
  • prosthodontic services, including complete and partial removable dentures
  • periodontal services, including deep scaling
  • oral surgery services, including extractions

Tips to Prepare for Application

  • File your taxes to ensure you are eligible for the program.
  • Make sure your mailing address is up to date with both the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada.
  • Do not expect reimbursement for any dental work you receive before your application has been approved which  is likely not until May 2024 for people 85 and over.

Before Cancelling Your Private Dental Insurance Plan

  • Contact your dentist to see if they will be participating in the CDCP. It is not mandatory for all dental providers to opt-in to the program.
  • Carefully determine whether your private plan or the CDCP would be a better option for you. Coverage may differ significantly and some CDCP clients may have to pay additional fees and co-pays.

If you require assistance in making a decision we would encourage you to inquire further with your private insurer, your dentist, the CDCP, and/or the BC Dental Association (BCDA).

Contact

  • Canadian Dental Care Plan
    1-833-537-4342 (option 9)
    Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET), Monday to Friday
  • BC Dental Association
    604-736-7202

For More Information

Canadian Dental Care Program Website – https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/dental/dental-care-plan.html
News Release – https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2023/12/making-dental-care-more-affordable-in-canada.html