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Canada Dental Benefit....Update

The Canada Dental Benefit (CDB) was passed into law this week. Parents can take these steps to ensure they can quickly apply to receive the money they need for dental care.

What is the interim Canada Dental Benefit?

It is an interim financial support measure that is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It will provide payments over a two-year period for children under 12 years old if they receive dental care for which the parent has out of pocket costs and does not have access to a private dental insurance plan.

Children already covered under another government dental program may also be eligible if not all dental care expenses are paid by that program.

How much is the benefit per child?

Families with an annual adjusted net income that is less than $90,000 and without private dental insurance would receive direct, up-front tax-free payments:

  • $650 for each eligible child if the family’s adjusted net income is under $70,000.

  • $390 for each eligible child if the family’s adjusted net income is between $70,000 and $79,999.

  • $260 for each eligible child if the family’s adjusted net income is between $80,000 and $89,999.


  • Dental care services: The Canada Dental Benefit would cover any oral health services provided by an oral health professional, including dental hygienists who are licensed to practice in the applicant's province or territory.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must have filed the previous year’s tax return and be in receipt of the Canada Child Benefit for each eligible child in their care. Applicants will be asked to provide information about their dental professional and employer to help confirm eligibility. The CRA will verify information in its existing tax and Canada Child Benefit systems to determine eligibility when parents or guardians apply.

  • If children are covered under other government programs: Eligibility is not impacted by coverage under provincial, territorial or other federal programs. In order to claim the Canada Dental Benefit, applicants covered under provincial, territorial or other federal programs must have out-of-pocket expenses. If all their expenses are covered by another program, they are not eligible.

  • Important dates: Applications may be available in December 2022 through the CRA. Applications may include dental services provided as October 1, 2022.

  • Benefit periods: There are two benefit periods. The first period is October 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. The second period is July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.

  • Receipts: Applicants will need to demonstrate their eligibility by keeping receipts for a period of six years.

  • Other government benefits: The Canada Dental Benefit would not reduce other federal income-tested benefits such as the Canada Workers Benefit, the Canada Child Benefit, and the Goods and Services Tax Credit.

How do families apply?

Applications available in December 2022. Parents/guardians can apply 2 ways:

  • Online: The CRA application portal for the Canada Dental Benefit will be available to Canadians following Royal Assent of Bill C-31. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency application page

  • By phone: Call the CRA contact centre at 1-800-959-8281. Parents or guardians will need information to verify their identity.


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