Everything You Need to Know About the Canada Dental Care Plan: A Guide by Barrhaven Dental Studio

At Barrhaven Dental Studio, we want to ensure everyone can access quality dental care. That’s why we want to inform our valued patients about the Canada Dental Care Plan—a pivotal move towards making dental care accessible to all Canadians. Understanding this program is crucial for families, individuals, and anyone looking to ensure their oral health is in top shape without the financial burden. Here’s everything you need to know.

General Overview of the Canada Dental Care Plan

The Canada Dental Care Plan is a federal initiative designed to provide essential dental services to Canadians who otherwise might struggle to afford dental care. This program is part of a broader commitment to enhance healthcare accessibility and reduce healthcare disparities nationwide. It aims to cover millions of Canadians, focusing on those without dental insurance.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the Canadian Dental Care Plan, individuals must not have any form of dental insurance, including through employment, professional or student organizations, pension benefits, or purchased privately. Eligibility also requires an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000, being a Canadian resident for tax purposes, and having filed a tax return in the previous year. Additionally, even if you have dental coverage through other government social programs, you might still qualify for this plan. For a more detailed overview of the qualification requirements, please visit the official Canada.ca page.

How to Apply

The process to apply for the Canadian Dental Care Plan is phased, starting with seniors and gradually including other eligible groups like adults with a Disability Tax Credit and children. Applications can be initiated through a received invitation letter containing a code and instructions, primarily for those over 70. Future applicants will have the opportunity to apply online. Assistance with the application can be sought through trusted individuals or officially designated delegates.

Visiting an Oral Health Provider

When enrolled in the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), managed by Sun Life for the Government of Canada, you’ll receive a welcome package with your member card and the start date for visiting an oral health provider for covered services. Appointments should be scheduled on or after this date. The plan requires an annual reassessment of eligibility, and the government will provide more details on this process. Please refer to the official Canada.ca page for comprehensive information on visiting oral health providers under the CDCP.

Covered Services

The Canada Dental Care Plan covers a range of essential dental services to maintain oral health, prevent diseases, and treat dental issues. These services typically include:

  • Preventative Care: Routine exams, cleanings, and X-rays to prevent dental issues from arising.
  • Basic Services: Fillings, tooth extractions, and other basic restorative procedures.
  • Major Services: Depending on the plan specifics, some significant services, such as root canals or crowns, might be covered partially or whole.

It’s crucial to note that the scope of covered services can evolve, so staying updated with the plan’s official communications is wise. This page outlines the financial coverage based on the CDCP’s established fees and your family’s adjusted net income, highlights potential co-payments and additional charges for services exceeding CDCP fees, and includes an exhaustive list of covered services and detailed information on financial coverage.


At Barrhaven Dental Studio, we believe in the power of accessible dental care for all. The Canada Dental Care Plan is a significant step in making this a reality for many Canadians. If you have questions about utilizing the Plan at Barrhaven Dental Studio, our team is here to help. Maintaining oral health is critical to overall well-being, and financial constraints shouldn’t prevent anyone from achieving this.

For more information or to ask any questions, please get in touch with us. Together, let’s keep your smile bright and healthy!

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