Canada Dental Benefit

Latest Statements

CDHA applauds the investments in dental care for low-income Canadians. It is essential however, that the new federal dental program recognize the importance of preventive oral care for this vulnerable population. The program must include reimbursement for dental hygiene services covered under the program.

Dental Hygienists Praise New Federal Dental Care Becoming Law

November 18, 2022 – The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), today praised Royal Assent for Bill C-31. The new law is the first time in history that the federal government is providing broad based, targeted support to Canadians for dental and dental hygiene care.

CDHA Applauds Dental Hygienists Being Named in Proposed Dental Care Legislation

September 21, 2022 – After months of hard work, meetings with parliamentarians and senior staff in Health and Finance, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), representing the sixth-largest regulated health profession in Canada, was excited at yesterday’s announcement about the Government of Canada’s proposed new legislation (Bill C-31) to deliver targeted supports to Canadians as part of its affordability plan.

CDHA Response to Today’s PM Announcement on the Canada Dental Benefit

September 13 – Wendy Stewart, CDHA’s President has issued the following statement in a response to today’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau, that the government is moving forward on dental care by providing direct, tax-free payments to qualifying families who earn $90,000 or less, to pay for dental visits for children under 12, starting December, for a 2-year period, retroactive to October 1, 2022.

It is not enough to expand the status quo in new federal dental program

August 25, 2022 – While various administration and delivery models are being explored, the current patchwork of provincial and federal systems have long had significant issues. Many programs are inadequate in the scope of preventive services covered, limited in eligibility, and fail to recognize dental hygienists as eligible providers, thus restricting accessibility to oral health care. That’s why it is not enough to expand the status quo within existing provincial dental care programs, which have left millions of Canadians with unmet needs

Media Backgrounder

CDHA Meets with Federal Health Minister

June 17, 2022 – In a virtual roundtable with select professional association leaders convened by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) underscored the importance of including preventive oral care services in the federal government’s new dental care program. During the meeting, Sylvie Martel, CDHA’s director of dental hygiene practice, reiterated that CDHA’s primary concern remains the need to improve access to preventive and therapeutic oral care for people across Canada by including dental hygienists among the licensed oral health professionals who are eligible to provide services under the new program

CDHA Releases Policy Paper on A National Oral Health Care Plan For Seniors

June 14, 2022 – In a policy paper released today, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is calling on the Government of Canada to commit $2 billion over five years to provincial and territorial governments to deliver a pan-Canadian oral health program that would give Canadian seniors, wherever they may live, access to preventive oral care services to help them maintain good oral health and, consequently, better overall health.

CDHA Discusses Dental Hygiene Care at News Conference

April 13, 2022 – At a news conference in Vancouver, CDHA stressed the importance of essential preventive services provided by dental hygienists for the new federal dental care program. CDHA’s manager of professional practice, Donna Wells, and local BC dental hygienists joined NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh as he highlighted the dental care program his party secured in its supply-and-confidence agreement with the Liberal government.

CDHA Applauds Government’s Support of Increased Access to Oral Health Care

April 8, 2022 – The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), representing more than 20,000 dental hygienists working across the country, welcomes the federal budget tabled by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland in the House of Commons on April 7. The federal budget includes funding of $5.3 billion over five years, starting in 2022—2023, and $1.7 billion ongoing, to Health Canada to provide dental care for Canadians. The federal government’s plan starts with under-12-year-olds in 2022, and then expands to under-18-year-olds, seniors, and persons living with a disability in 2023, with full implementation by 2025.

CDHA Applauds LPC and NDP for Prioritizing Oral Health Care in Agreement

March 22, 2022 – The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) applauds today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of an agreement reached between the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party that prioritizes a new oral health care program for lowincome Canadians, including seniors.

Related Government Submissions

Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2023 Budget

October 7, 2022 - CDHA’s spending priorities for the 2023 federal budget include the development of a comprehensive long-term national dental care program, the inclusion of oral health in the development of national standards for Canada’s long-term care homes and the expansion of student loan forgiveness for dental hygienists.

Study on Children’s Health

June 30, 2022 – In Canada, registered dental hygienists are in a prime position, as essential oral health care providers, to prevent and treat oral conditions and diseases in children by providing individualized and accessible preventive and therapeutic oral care services and treatments.

Study on Canada’s Health Workforce

April 14, 2022 – Oral health is essential overall health. In Canada, registered dental hygienists are in a prime position, as regulated health care professionals, to prevent and treat oral diseases through evidence-informed practice, oral health promotion, and fostering their clients’ informed decision making related to oral health.