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The Government of Canada has implemented the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) designed to help ease (not eliminate) financial barriers to accessing oral health for ELIGIBLE residents of Canada. The CDCP is being implemented in various phases. Presently, seniors 65+ years, children under the age of 18 and adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate are eligible to apply. The CDCP replaces Canada Dental Benefit for eligible children.

What is Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan covers ONLY A PORTION OF THE COSTS of your dental treatment. Despite what you may be hearing, dental care under the CDCP is or is not free depending on your adjusted family net income and YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PAY THE DIFFERENCE between the CDCP established fees and your CDCP coverage if you don't have full coverage:

  • Full coverage and No Co-pay - if your family's adjusted net income is less than $70,000

  • 60% coverage and 40% Co-pay - if the family's adjusted net income is between $70,000 and $79,999

  • 40% coverage and 60% Co-pay - if your family's adjusted net income is between $80,000 and $89,999

  • No Coverage - if your family's adjusted net income is $90,000 or more

Many of the established CDCP fees do not cover the full cost of the treatment. The difference between the costs and your CDCP coverage is your responsibility. In other words, you may have 100% CDCP coverage and still need to pay the difference. 

We encourage you to speak with our dental office before your appointment to discuss your procedures and costs coverage to avoid any surprises at the time of your appointment. 

Who is Eligible for The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?


Canadian residents who:

  • Have an adjusted family net income of $89,999 or less

  • Don't have access to dental insurance

Your or your child's eligibility is determined by the Government of Canada, not our dental office. To determine whether you qualify and how much coverage you have, please visit the Government of Canada's website.

How and When Can You Apply?


You can apply through the Government of Canada's website

Which Procedures are Covered by The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?


The CDCP covers only the procedures that prevent and treat oral disease and/or the consequence of oral disease. Coverage of a procedure is determined on an individual basis by considering the status of your oral health.

Presently, partial dentures, crowns, and sedation, which many patients need, including children, people with disabilities, and seniors with dementia, are not available. These essential care options are scheduled to be available in November 2024 and will require government's pre-approval before the treatment can be provided to you.


The CDCP does not and will not cover cosmetic procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers etc.


For more information, please see Canadian Dental Care Plan - Dental Benefits Guide.

How Does The CDCP Work with Other Ontario Government Dental Programs?

Co-payment is your responsibility. If you have dental coverage under a Provincial Social Dental Program such as Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) or Ontario Works (OW), you may be eligible for coordination of benefits between the CDCP and the provincial program to cover some or all of the co-payment.   

Role of Dentistry on Queenston in the Process

Dentistry on Queenston participates in the Canadian Dental Care Plan. Our office does not have any role in the CDCP application process. We will need to confirm your eligibility when you visit us. Please bring your CDCP Card, OHIP Card and a list of medication you are on.

If you have CDCP coverage and require oral health care, book your appointment with our Hamilton Stoney Creek dental office today. 

Call: 905-561-7310


Submit: Online form

Walk in: 700 Queenston Rd., Hamilton (next to Canadian Tire)

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