The new Canadian Dental Care plan has been launched on Monday with seniors and kids up first for coverage. Applications for seniors aged 87 and over will open later this month before eligibility expands in new year.
To be eligible for the program, a person must have a household income below $90,000 and no access to an existing private insurance plan. The person must also have filed a tax return so the government can verify income.
What will be covered?
Preventive services, including scaling (cleaning), polishing, sealants and fluoride
Diagnostic services, including examinations and x-rays
Restorative services, including fillings
Endodontic services, including root canal treatments
Prosthodontic services, including complete and partial removable dentures
Periodontal services, including deep scaling
Oral surgery services, including extractions
How much will be covered?
The services will be fully covered for families with net incomes below $70,000. Families with net incomes between $70,000 and $79,999 will be required to cover 40 per cent of the cost, known as a co-pay. That co-pay percentage rises to 60 per cent for families with incomes between $80,000 and $89,999.
Who is eligible?
To qualify for the dental care plan, Canadians must meet the following criteria:
No access to dental insurance through their work, a family member’s employer benefits, a pension plan or a family member’s pension plan, or a private plan
A family net income below $90,000
Resident of Canada
Have filed a tax return the previous year
What do you need to do?
Nothing right now, the government will begin reaching out to seniors BY MAIL to invite them to apply by phone. They will start with seniors aged 87 and above in December and will continue as follows:
Seniors aged 77 to 86 starting in January 2024
Seniors aged 72 to 76 starting in February 2024
Seniors aged 70 to 71 starting in March 2024
You can contact our office to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our Denturists for any questions you may have.