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Update on the Canadian Dental Care Plan

On December 11, 2023, the Government of Canada provided an update on the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). The CDCP was created to help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for eligible Canadian residents.

To qualify for the CDCP, the following criteria must be met:

  • no access to dental insurance;
  • an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000;
  • be a Canadian resident for tax purposes; and
  • have filed a tax return in the previous year.

Eligible Canadians will receive a letter in the mail inviting them to enroll according to the schedule below. It is expected that those enrolled in the CDCP can start seeing an oral health provider in May 2024.

GroupApplication Open
Seniors aged 87 and aboveStarting December 2023
Seniors aged 77 to 86Starting January 2024
Seniors aged 72 to 76Starting February 2024
Seniors aged 70 to 71Starting March 2024
Seniors aged 65 to 69Starting May 2024
Adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificateStarting June 2024
Children under the age of 18Starting June 2024
All remaining eligible Canadian residentsStarting 2025

For more information, please visit the CDCP webpage.

For Registered Dental Hygienists: You will be able to enroll, on a voluntary basis, as a participating CDCP provider directly with Sun Life (contracted to manage the CDCP on behalf of the Government of Canada) in early 2024. Stay tuned for more information!