Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) - What You Need To Know

On December 11th, 2023, the federal government revealed the highly anticipated details of the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). A $13-billion initiative, the program is set to cover the costs of basic dental care for approximately 9 million uninsured Canadians with household incomes under $90,000. As it currently stands, this plan will cost the federal treasury roughly $4.4 billion annually. Seniors aged 87 and above are the first eligible group, with phased openings for other ages culminating in 2025.

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Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) - Facts

New Canadian Dental Care Plan

  • The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federal program intended to provide dental coverage for Canadians who do not have dental benefits and have a household income of less than $90,000 a year.
  • The program is currently phasing in applicants, but is not expected to begin until spring 2024.
  • The CDCP is a dental benefit administered by Health Canada. It is not a free dental program.
  • Patients may be required to make a co-payment of up to 60% depending on their adjusted family net income. They may also have to pay costs the CDCP does not cover.
  • Before proceeding with treatment, it is important to understand your dental care costs.
  • Not all dental services are covered under the CDCP.
  • Please tell your dental provider if you plan to use CDCP benefits. This office may or may not participate in the federal program.


With the recent release of more details on the CDCP, what are the significant concerns Canadians should consider?