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Update on the Canadian Dental Care Plan

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.

Since December 2023, our government has been gradually rolling out the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) for eligible seniors through mail. This month, the CDCP application is officially moving online and will be available for eligible seniors 65 and up. In June 2024, children under 18 and eligible Canadians with a Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate will be able to apply for the CDCP through the online portal. In 2025, all eligible Canadians will be able to apply for the CDCP.

To be eligible, you must not have access to dental insurance, have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000, be a Canadian resident, and have filed your tax return. Learn more about the eligibility requirements here

Additionally this month, the first one million seniors who successfully applied to the CDCP and have a May coverage start date in their welcome package, can now receive the dental care they need. There are more than 8,300 oral health providers signed up to participate and ready to provide services to CDCP patients. Over 20,000 patients have already accessed care through the CDCP since May 1st. 

When booking an appointment before July 8, 2024, CDCP patients should ask their oral health provider if they are signed up to participate in the CDCP. If you do not already have an oral health provider, you can consult Sun Life’s CDCP Provider Search to find a dentist, dental hygienist, denturist, or dental specialist in your community. Starting July 8, CDCP patients will be able to see any oral health provider of their choiceas long as the provider agrees to direct bill Sun Life for services provided under the plan. Providers will be able to direct bill Sun Life for services provided on a claim-by-claim basis, without formally signing up for the CDCP.

The CDCP is going to help make dental care more affordable for up to nine million Canadians who currently do not have coverage. Participating providers continue to support our collective efforts to ensure that as many Canadians as possible receive the oral health care services they need to stay healthy.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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