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Canadian Dental Care Plan

What is the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federal initiative designed to provide affordable dental care to Canadians who lack dental insurance. The CDCP aims to bridge the gap in access to dental services by offering coverage for essential dental procedures, thereby improving oral health and overall well-being for eligible residents. The program covers a wide range of dental services, including preventive care, restorative treatments, endodontic services, and major dental work such as prosthodontics and oral surgery. The goal is to ensure that financial barriers do not prevent Canadians from receiving necessary dental care.

What Problem Does the CDCP Solve?

The CDCP addresses the critical issue of inadequate access to dental care among uninsured Canadians. Dental health is a significant component of overall health, yet many Canadians forgo necessary dental treatments due to high costs. This lack of access can lead to severe oral health issues, including untreated cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss, which can, in turn, affect overall health, contributing to conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

By providing coverage for essential dental services, the CDCP helps reduce these health disparities. It ensures that vulnerable populations, including low-income families, seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities, receive the dental care they need. The plan covers preventive measures like cleanings and fluoride treatments, restorative procedures like fillings and root canals, and major services such as dentures and oral surgeries.

The CDCP also aims to alleviate the financial burden on the healthcare system by promoting preventive care and early intervention, which can prevent more severe health issues and reduce emergency dental visits. By ensuring access to regular dental care, the CDCP contributes to better overall health outcomes and quality of life for millions of Canadians.

Who is Responsible for the CDCP

The CDCP is administered by Health Canada, with Service Canada managing the application process. The program’s implementation and reimbursement processes are managed through a partnership with Sun Life, which handles the direct billing and payment to participating dental care providers. This collaboration ensures that the program operates efficiently and that eligible Canadians can access dental services without significant out-of-pocket expenses. The Government of Canada oversees the CDCP’s strategic direction and funding, ensuring it aligns with national health objectives

How much is covered?


Less than $70,000 per year

100% of eligible dental costs 


Between $70,000 & $79,999

60% of eligible oral health care service costs will be covered


Between $80,000 & $89,999

40% of eligible oral health care service costs

Procedures Covered by the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

The CDCP covers a comprehensive range of dental procedures to ensure that Canadians can access necessary oral health care.

Diagnostic & Preventative Services

Dental Examinations

Complete, routine, specific, and emergency exams.


Various types to diagnose and monitor dental conditions.


Scaling and polishing to maintain oral hygiene.

Fluoride Applications

To prevent tooth decay.


o protect teeth from cavities.

Is Anesthesia Covered?

Good news! Yes, full anesthesia is covered under the CDCP, but be sure to discuss your options with your Dentist.

Basic Services

Restorative Care

Periodontal Services

Endodontic Services

Major Services

Restorative Care

Removable Prosthodontic Services

Oral Surgery

How to Apply

To apply for the CDCP, you will need to gather several pieces of information. Below is a comprehensive list of the required information and instructions on how to apply.

Required Information

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