Dear Oral Health Professional,
Nobody knows better than you that seeing an oral health professional is important not only for our oral health, it is essential for overall health as well. In Canada, one third of Canadians do not have dental insurance and are unable to visit an oral health professional to prevent or treat oral diseases because it is too expensive. That is why the Government of Canada is taking concrete measures to address cost barriers to dental care for families in Canada.
The new interim Canada Dental Benefit will be available for children under 12 in families who have an adjusted net income of less than $90,000 and who do not have access to private dental insurance. It will allow eligible families to receive upfront, direct payments per child up to $650 per year, for two years, for oral health services. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will be processing the applications and payments for the benefit, and applications will start being accepted starting on December 1, 2022.
With this benefit, which will run until 2024, families can start addressing some of the basic dental care that their young children need while the Government continues to develop a longterm Canadian dental care program. We have prepared some helpful tools and resources to answer questions about the interim Canada Dental Benefit and to better equip you to help your patients, clients, and members understand and access the benefit.
The communications toolkit contains the following products.
- The Canada Dental Benefit: What You Need to Know: This is a good starting document for you and your members/clients to learn more about the new, interim Canada Dental Benefit.
- Shareable social media material: We have provided some messaging that you can use on your own social media channels to help your members, patients and clients be informed about the Canada Dental Benefit.
- Infographic: We have provided an 11X17 sheet that you might find useful for your own staff/members, or for sharing with clients/patients.
- Information sheet in Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin: We have provided a textonly version of the Infographic in the form of an information sheet in languages that may be common in your communities.
- Poster: We have provided a poster to put up in high traffic areas that directs people to Canada.ca/dental for more information.
As a trusted oral health professional, we are asking for your support in distributing our educational information and informing patients/clients of this important benefit so that more kids can visit you to get brighter smiles. Please feel free to use and distribute this material to your patients/clients/members, partner organizations and other stakeholders. Resources will be updated as new information becomes available.
What You Need to Know
Kherani Dental at Aspen
A Guide to the Canada Dental Benefit
Tooth decay is the most common, but preventable, childhood chronic disease both in Canada and around the world. Oral diseases frequently begin in the preschool years which is why it is so important to establish good oral hygiene behaviours in those early years.
The Government of Canada has implemented the interim Canada Dental Benefit, which is designed to provide some financial support to help Canadian families access dental care.
With this benefit, families can start addressing some of the basic dental care that their young children need while the Government continues its plans to develop a long-term Canadian dental care program.
What is the Benefit?
The interim Canada Dental Benefit provides payments up to $650 per eligible child under 12 years of age, per year for two years.
if the family’s adjusted net income is under $70,000
if the family’s adjusted net income is between $70,000 and $79,999
if the family’s adjusted net income is between $80,000 and $89,999
The benefit can be used for any dental care provided by any regulated dental professional.
Who can apply?
How can you apply?
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Account will be the quickest, easiest and most secure way to apply for the Canada Dental Benefit. If you don’t yet have a CRA My Account, you can register at Canada.ca/my-cra-account.
You will need to provide information on the dental care visit, including the name of your child’s dental care provider(s) and your employer information.
If you apply online and are signed for CRA direct deposit, you can receive your payment within five business days!
If you’re unable to apply for the Canada Dental Benefit online, call 1-800-715-8836 to get your application started.
Make sure you have your Social Insurance Number, address, date of birth and a copy of your income tax return from last year.
When can you apply?
Parents can apply starting December 1, 2022, for dental care received by their eligible child back to October 1, 2022, so long as their child will still be under 12 on December 1. For the second payment, parents can apply starting July 1, 2023.
Smile! It is here.
For kids under 12 years old