The Canada Dental Benefit
An Act respecting cost of living relief measures related to dental care and rental housing received Royal Assent on November 17, 2022 and the Dental Benefit Act is now in force. As a result, eligible families will be able to start applying for the interim Canada Dental Benefit on December 1, 2022 (Canada Dental Benefit - Canada.ca).
What is the Canada Dental Benefit?
The new interim Canada Dental Benefit will be available for children under 12 in families who have an adjusted net income of less than $90,000 and who do not have access to private dental insurance. It will allow eligible families to receive upfront, direct payments per child up to $650 per year, for two years, for oral health services. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will be processing the applications and payments for the benefit, and applications will start being accepted starting on December 1, 2022.
Who is eligible to receive the interim Canada Dental Benefit?
To be eligible, families need to meet all of the following conditions for each child they apply for:
What constitutes the definition of a child under 12? As of what date?
Eligible children need to be 11 years old or under as of December 1, 2022, for the first year of the benefit, and 11 years old or under as of July 1, 2023, for the second year of the benefit.
What types of dental care are covered by the Canada Dental Benefit?
The Canada Dental Benefit can be used for any oral health care provided by a regulated oral health professional licensed to practice in the place where care is provided.
How much money do eligible families receive?
The interim Canada Dental Benefit provides payments up to $650 per child under 12, per year for two years, for families with an adjusted net income under $90,000 per year.