Canadian Dental Care Plan

Status: Now open for application for seniors aged 72 and over.

CDHA is closely following the latest developments and will keep members informed. Return to this web page regularly.

Canadian Dental Care Plan

What is the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federally delivered public plan for eligible Canadian residents who do not have access to dental insurance and have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.

Canadian residents who have access to dental coverage through a social program offered by a province or territory and/or the federal government can still qualify for the CDCP if they meet all the eligibility criteria. In that case, coverage will be coordinated to ensure no duplication and avoid gaps in oral health care.

Sun Life is the contracted service provider who will manage the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Applications for the Canadian Dental Care Plan will open in phases.

Canadian residents who are enrolled in the CDCP will be able to start seeing an oral health provider as early as May 2024, starting with seniors. The start date to access oral health care will vary based on when each group can apply, when the application is received and when enrolment is completed.

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How oral health care providers can participate in the CDCP

Starting March 11, 2024, oral health providers will be able to confirm their participation in the CDCP directly with Sun Life. Participation in the CDCP will be on a voluntary basis. Oral health providers eligible to participate and who can bill for services include:

  • dental hygienists
  • dentists
  • denturists
  • dental specialists

Oral health providers who participate in the CDCP will need to sign the CDCP Claims Processing and Payment Agreement.

Related links for more information about the CDCP

Visit CDHA’s page on the interim Canada Dental Benefit

In December 2022, the Government of Canada launched the interim Canada Dental Benefit which allows eligible families to receive financial support they need to cover dental expenses for children under 12 years of age. Parents and guardians can apply for the second benefit period until June 30, 2024. Information for dental hygienists.

Last updated: February 12, 2024