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The Government of Canada has implemented the Interim Canada Dental Benefit designed to provide some financial support to help Canadian families access dental care. 

What is Canada Dental Benefit?

The interim Canada Dental Benefit provides tax-free payments up to $650 per year per eligible child under the age of 12 for 2 years. The benefit amount varies depending upon the family adjusted net income:

$650 - if the family's adjusted net income is less than $70,000

$390 - if the family's adjusted net income is between $70,000 and $79,999

$260 - if the family's adjusted net income is between $80,000 and $89,999

Who Can Apply for The Canada Dental Benefit?


Parents/Guardians who:

  • Have a child under 12 years of age, who are not covered by a private dental care insurance, i.e., insurance for dental coverage based on employment or purchased privately, and that the Benefit will be used to pay for out-of-pocket dental expenses. Parents will need to keep their receipts to prove this. 

  • Have an adjusted family net income under $90,000 per year

  • Have filed last year's income tax return

  • Receive the Canada Child Benefit for each eligible child

  • Have or will have dental care expenses for each eligible child that have not been fully reimbursed under another federal or provincial government program

Your child's eligibility is determined by the CRA, not our office. 

How And When Can You Apply?


You can apply through Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the payments will be administered by the CRA. Reimbursements will be made by the CRA.


Parents can apply starting December 1, 2022 for dental care received by their eligible child between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, so long as their child will still be under the age of 12 years on December 1, 2022. For the second payments, parents can apply starting July 1, 2023. 

How Does This Work With Other Government Dental Programs Like Healthy Smiles?

You must have out-of-pocket expenses and the Canada Dental Benefit is not available for dental care services that have or will be fully paid or reimbursed by another federal or provincial program. Once a service has been rendered or paid for under a provincial program such as Health Smiles Ontario, there can be no further billing for the same service. 

Role of Dentistry on Queenston in the Process

Our office does not have any role in the administration of Canada Dental Benefit payments. We may be asked to confirm information submitted by you such as receipts.

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