The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federal government program that is intended to provide coverage for Canadian residents who do not have dental benefits and have a household income of less than $90,000 a year.

Dental care under the CDCP is expected to start in May 2024. The coverage date will be different for each person. Patients will be required to make a co-payment (that is, pay for a portion of their dental care under the CDCP) depending on their adjusted family net income, as follows:

  • No co-payment of the CDCP benefit for those with an adjusted annual family net income under $70,000.
  • A 40 per cent co-payment of the CDCP benefit for those with an adjusted annual family net income between $70,000 and $79,999.
  • A 60 per cent co-payment of the CDCP benefit for those with an adjusted annual family net income between $80,000 and $89,999.

Examples of services that could be covered under the CDCP when recommended by your dentist include:

  • Preventive services, including scaling (cleaning), polishing, sealants, and fluoride;
  • Diagnostic services, including examinations and X-rays;
  • Restorative services, including fillings;
  • Endodontic services, including root canal treatments;
  • Prosthodontic services, including complete and partial removable dentures;
  • Periodontal services, including deep scaling; and
  • Oral surgery services, including extractions.

Some services will require preauthorization, which means prior approval is needed. This will be based on a dentist’s recommendations. Before the treatment begins, your dentist will check to see it will be covered under the CDCP.  Services requiring preauthorization will become available in November 2024. 

For more information on services covered, go to the CDCP Dental Benefits Guide.