Canada Dental Benefit now accepting applications


The federal dental benefit is a temporary measure to cover costs for families while the government creates a comprehensive and country-wide plan

The federal government has announced the launch of the temporary Canada Dental Benefit, which is now accepting applications. 

While this temporary benefit is in place, the government will be taking the necessary steps to build a comprehensive, long-term, Canada-wide dental care program.

One third of the population in Canada does not have dental insurance, and many may not be able to visit a dental health professional due to the costs of dental care services. This lack of access to vital health care can contribute to serious health issues, states a press release from Sudbury MP Viviane Lapointe.

The Canada Dental Benefit is available to families with children under 12 who have an adjusted net income of less than $90,000, and who do not have access to private dental insurance. It allows families to access direct, tax-free payments totalling up to $1,300 per child (up to $650 per year) for dental care services. The more specific provisions are seen below:

  • $650 is provided for each eligible child, per year, if the family’s adjusted net income is under $70,000.
  • $390 is provided for each eligible child, per year, if the family’s adjusted net income is between $70,000 and $79,999.
  • $260 is provided for each eligible child, per year, if the family’s adjusted net income is between $80,000 and $89,999.

“Everyone deserves to have access to dental care, yet for many Canadians, that isn’t their reality. Having access to quality dental care is an integral part of our overall health, but it can be expensive,” said Lapointe in the release. 

“We know that a third of Canadians do not have dental insurance and, as a result, many go without necessary dental care because it costs too much. The Canada Dental Benefit will directly impact many families right here in our community.”

CRA My Account is a secure way to apply for the Canada Dental Benefit. Those who apply online and are signed up for direct deposit can receive their payment within five business days. Applicants who are unable to apply online can call the CRA’s dedicated phone line at 1-800-715-8836 to complete their application with an agent.



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