Canadian Dental Care Plan

Site: Ontario - No Physical Address

Record #: MET7542
Last Full Update: 11 Jan 2024

Contact Information

Office Phone General Inquiries: 1-833-537-4342 ; Automated Application: 1-833-537-4342 option 1, 24 hours ; Outside of Canada: 613-221-3227
TTY Phone 1-833-677-6262

Description and Service Details

Description (Service) Helps ease financial barriers to accessing dental care for eligible Canadian residents with an annual adjusted family net income of less than $90,000 who do not have access to dental insurance.

Applications are opening in phases starting with seniors:
Group Applications open
Seniors aged 87 and above Starting December 2023
Seniors aged 77 to 86 Starting January 2024
Seniors aged 72 to 76 Starting February 2024
Seniors aged 70 to 71 Starting March 2024
Seniors aged 65 to 69 Starting May 2024
Adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate Starting June 2024
Children under the age of 18 Starting June 2024
All remaining eligible Canadian residents Starting 2025

Currently (February 2024), everyone who is eligible will automatically be sent a letter in order to apply, with a code in it for application purposes. The government estimates that all letters should be sent by the end of March 2024 for seniors 70 and older with the eligible income.

Until May 2024, people may only apply by telephone or at a Service Canada office after they get the letter from the government - see application field for more information.

If someone feels they are currently eligible (and are the right age on the chart above) and have not gotten a letter, they should call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), as getting the letter depends on having done 2022 taxes and the letters are sent to the address that the CRA has on file.

In May 2024, those eligible will also be able to apply online. Instructions on how to apply online will be posted closer to the date.

Services Covered
  • cleaning, polishing, sealants, fluoride treatments
  • examinations, X-rays
  • fillings, root canals
  • extractions
  • prosthodontic services, including complete and partial removable dentures
Some services may not be available until Fall, 2024, so check the website for updates

How Much is Covered?

Some people will need to pay a co-payment; those with an annual adjusted family net income of less than $70,000 do not have to pay a co-payment; those with an income of $70,000-79,999 will pay a copayment of 40% of the treatment; those with an income of $80,000-89,999 will pay a co-payment of 60% of the treatment

What Does Not Having Access to Dental Insurance Mean?

People who purchased private dental insurance will be able to access the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) but not while their private insurance coverage remains in force.

People who have dental insurance coverage through employee benefits (their own or a family member's benefits), or through a professional or student association, even if they do not use it, are not eligible for CDCP.

People who have dental insurance coverage through their pension benefits or that of their family member's are not eligible for CDCP unless they opted out of their coverage before December 11.

For more information,
Hours General inquiries: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm, closed statutory holidays; Automated application line: Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility Canadian residents with an annual adjusted family net income of less than $90,000 who do not have access to dental insurance
Residents who access dental coverage through a social program offered by a province/territory and/or the federal government can still qualify for the CDCP if they meet all the eligibility criteria
Residents must have filed an income tax return the previous year
Application Applications are being accepted in phases starting with seniors; currently, applications are accepted over the phone or in-person at a Service Canada office only after they have received a letter of invitation to apply from the government; in May 2024, people will be able to apply online and instructions on how to do so will posted closer to that date
Languages English, French
Fees Co-payment of dental fees may be required based on annual adjusted family net income; those with incomes less than $70,00 will have no copayment; those with incomes from $70,000-79,999 will have a 40% copayment; those with incomes $80,000-89,999 will have copayments of 60%

Site Information

Located In Community Ontario
Address & Map
Ontario, ON
Physical Access Not applicable

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Disabilities ; Income Programs
HCSD Sub Heading Assistance Programs ; Assistive Devices
Service Categories Medical Expense Assistance

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