Oral health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Regular visits to an oral health professional have proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious problems, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Yet, in 2022, one in four Canadians reported avoiding visiting an oral health professional because of the cost. Access to oral health care should not be dependent on Canadians’ ability to pay.
We’ve announced the details of the upcoming roll-out of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), a significant milestone for the health and well-being of people in Canada. Once fully implemented, the CDCP will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.
Am I eligible?
To qualify for the CDCP, all of the following criteria must be met:
- no access to employer/pension-sponsored or private dental insurance;
- an adjusted net family net income of less than $90,000;
- be a Canadian resident for tax purposes; and,
- have filed their tax return in the previous year.
Canadian residents who have access to dental coverage through a social program offered by their province or territory and/or by the federal government will be able to apply to the CDCP if they meet all the eligibility criteria.
When can I apply?
To ensure a smooth onboarding process, the CDCP will be rolled out using a phased approach over the coming months, starting with seniors. The phases are:
- December 2023: ages 87 and above
- January 2024: ages 77-86
- February 2024: ages 72-76
- March 2024: ages 70-71
- May 2024: eligible seniors 65 and above will be able to apply through an online portal.
- June 2024: Persons with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and children under the age of 18.
- 2025: All remaining eligible Canadian residents
Those eligible before the online portal is available will receive letters inviting them to apply, with instructions on how to validate their eligibility and apply by telephone.
Canadians enrolled in the CDCP will be able to start seeing an oral health provider as early as May 2024. The start date to access oral health care services will vary based on when each group can apply and when employment is completed.
The CDCP will cover a wide range of health care services, such as cleaning, polishing, exams, x-rays, fillings, removable dentures, and root canal treatments.
We are committed to working with provinces, territories, and oral health care professionals to ensure that Canadians have access to affordable, accessible, and essential oral health care. Visit here to learn more.