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Introduction to the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)


The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federal government initiative introduced in 2022 to provide dental coverage for Canadian residents without existing dental benefits and with a household income below $90,000 per year. The program is set to commence dental care services in May 2024. It is crucial to note that the CDCP might not be 100% free for you; rather, it operates on a co-payment system based on the adjusted family net income.

Services covered under the CDCP include preventive services, diagnostic services, restorative services, endodontic services, prosthodontic services, periodontal services, and oral surgery services. However, specific details of the coverage are yet to be disclosed by Health Canada.

To access the CDCP, eligible seniors will receive invitation letters based on age groups starting from December 2023, with an online application portal available in May 2024. The program aims to fill gaps in dental coverage for individuals not covered by workplace or private dental benefits.

Importantly, the CDCP is not intended to replace existing workplace or private dental benefits. The government encourages employers and groups to maintain dental benefits for their employees to ensure continued access to dental care.

Concerns have been raised about the potential impact on existing dental coverage from work or school. The government emphasizes that the CDCP should not replace existing benefits. A study indicates that a third of Canadians would not support a dental care plan that jeopardizes their current employer-provided dental coverage. The government is urged to clarify its plans to safeguard existing dental benefits.

Individuals are advised not to delay dental treatments or appointments in anticipation of CDCP coverage. The specific services covered and the commencement date for full coverage are yet to be specified by the government.

For those facing financial challenges, open communication with dentists is encouraged. Some municipalities in Ontario offer dental programs for low-income individuals. It is essential to explore available resources within the community.

The Canada Dental Benefit (CDB) is an interim benefit for children under 12 years old, providing tax-free payments for dental care expenses. The CDB is available for two periods, with eligibility based on family income and lack of access to private dental coverage. Applications are processed through the CRA My Account, and payments are received within five business days for online applications.

While covered under other government dental programs, eligible individuals can apply for the CDCP. Coordination of benefits will be managed between programs to prevent duplication.

Overall, the CDCP is viewed as a significant government investment in oral health care, although concerns about implementation details and potential impact on existing benefits persist. The dental community emphasizes the need for collaboration with practitioners to ensure effective and patient-centered implementation.


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  1. Thank you for sharing this informative article about the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). I think this is a wonderful initiative that will benefit many Canadians who need affordable and accessible oral health care. I appreciate the clear explanation of how to apply, what services are covered, and who is eligible for the CDCP. I hope this program will improve the quality of life and well-being of millions of Canadians. 🙌🦷


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