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Who can apply - Canada Dental Benefit

There are 2 benefit periods for the interim Canada Dental Benefit. The eligibility criteria is specific to the period when your child receives dental care. Check if you meet the criteria for each child you are applying for.

Eligibility criteria

For dental care services your child receives in:

  • Period 1: October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
  • Period 2: July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

First benefit period - Eligibility checklist

Period 1: October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

You must meet all of the following for each child you apply for:

  • What counts as access to private dental insurance

    Your child is considered to have access to private dental insurance if:

    • Some or all of your child's dental costs are covered by a private dental insurance plan of any kind
    • Your employer provides a dental insurance plan for your child
    • Your child's other parent or caregiver's employer provides a dental insurance plan for your child
    • You or someone else declined an employer provided dental insurance plan that would have covered the dental care for your child
  • If you are new to Canada

    If you were not a resident of Canada in 2021, you may not have been able to file a Canadian tax return for that year.

    You must be receiving the CCB (opens in new window) to apply for the Canada Dental Benefit. You meet the 2021 tax filing criteria if you submitted a statement of income for 2021 when you applied for the CCB.

    If you have a spouse or common-law partner in the same situation, they also need to submit a statement of income before you can apply.

  • How your adjusted family net income is calculated

    The CRA calculates your adjusted family net income for this benefit based on your 2021 tax information.

    You do not need to calculate your adjusted family net income, but you can use it to estimate your benefit amount.

You need all of the above to be eligible

To be eligible for the Canada Dental Benefit, you must meet all of the above criteria for each child you apply for.

If you have more than one child, check your eligibility for each child.

Additional payment for higher dental costs

An additional payment may be available starting on July 1, 2023 for some eligible children. You may meet the criteria if you are not applying for both benefit periods and your child's dental costs are more than $650 in the period you apply for. You must have already applied and been eligible in order to meet the criteria for the additional payment.

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA regularly checks to confirm if people were eligible for the payments they received.

If your application is selected for review, we may ask for more information to validate your application. If you are found to be ineligible or cannot provide the required information, you will have to return any payments you received.

If you are found to have misrepresented or concealed essential information to make a claim, you will be ineligible for the benefit amounts you received and cannot apply again.

Penalties may also be applied for knowingly providing false or misleading information.

To report suspected misuse, go to: CRA's Leads program.

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