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Canadian Dental Benefits (C-31) has passed

Dental Care Plan Bill C-31

Dental associations across Canada are celebrating the new Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). The CDA applauds the Government of Canada for beginning this plan into law. The ODA was happy to hear about this much needed investment in dental care. The MDA supports efforts to improve access to dental care for those who need it most. Overall, the Canadian dental industry is happy to see the federal government supporting efforts to make healthcare more accessible.


The plan aims to cover dental treatment for children under 12 from uninsured families with a target start date on December 1st 2022. Next year, the plan will expand to cover people under 18, seniors, and people with disabilities. By 2025, all eligible Canadians will be covered. 


Payments will be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA will use adjusted income to determine eligibility and the amount of benefit you will receive. You need to have filed the previous year’s taxes to be eligible.


The CDB is only available for two periods. You can get a maximum of two payments for each eligible child. The first benefit period covers dental care your child received between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. The target start date for the first benefit period is December 1, 2022.


To learn more, please click here to read a brief infographic outlining the new plan.


CDA (Canadian Dental Association)

CDA Applauds the Government of Canada bringing the Canada Dental Benefit into Law. Read More


ODA (Ontario Dental Association)

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) was also happy to hear about this much needed investment in dental care. They’ve created a FAQ to answer your questions about the Canadian Dental Care Plan. Read More


MDA (Manitoba Dental Association) 

The MDA is supportive of any programs that provide access to dental care for the disadvantaged. We support efforts to improve access to dental care for those who need it most, such as seniors, children, those with disabilities,Indigenous Peoples, racialized Canadians, and low-income families. Read More


ADA (Alberta Dental Association)

An Act respecting cost of living relief measures related to dental care and rental housing received Royal Assent on November 17, 2022 and the Dental Benefit Act is now in force. As a result, eligible families will be able to start applying for the interim Canada Dental Benefit on December 1, 2022. Read More


DAPEI (Dental Association of P.E.I.)

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