What is the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federally delivered public plan for eligible Canadian residents who do not have access to dental insurance and have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.

Canadian residents who have access to dental coverage through a social program offered by a province or territory and/or the federal government can still qualify for the CDCP if they meet all the eligibility criteria. In that case, coverage will be coordinated to ensure no duplication and avoid gaps in oral health care.

Sun Life is the contracted service provider that will manage the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Canadian residents who are enrolled in the CDCP, starting with seniors, will be able to start seeing an oral health provider as early as May 2024. The start date to access oral health care will vary based on when each group can apply, when the application is received, and when enrolment is completed.

For more information, visit Canada.ca/dental.

Participation in the CDCP

Oral health providers can now confirm their participation in the CDCP directly with Sun Life. Participation in the CDCP will be on a voluntary basis. Oral health providers eligible to participate and who can bill for services include:

  • denturists
  • dental hygienists
  • dentists
  • dental specialists

Oral health providers who participate in the CDCP will need to sign the CDCP Claims Processing and Payment Agreement.

Related links for more information about the CDCP