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A Guide for Seniors Seeking Denture Care: Understanding the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

Understanding the Canadian Dental Care Plan: A Guide for Seniors Seeking Denture Care

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) has recently launched its first phase, providing much-needed dental coverage for uninsured seniors across Canada. This plan aims to make dental care more accessible and affordable, particularly for those who have previously been unable to afford it. If you are a senior looking for assistance with denture care, including new dentures, denture repairs, and adjustments, here is what you need to know about the CDCP.

What is the Canadian Dental Care Plan?

The CDCP is a federal initiative designed to help low and middle-income Canadians who lack dental insurance. The plan provides comprehensive dental coverage to eligible individuals, starting with seniors aged 65 and older. This program is part of a broader effort to improve oral health and overall well-being across the country.

Who is Eligible?

To qualify for the CDCP, you must meet the following criteria:

·         Be a Canadian resident.

·         Not have access to any private dental insurance.

·         Have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.

·         Have filed your 2023 tax return.

If you meet these requirements, you can apply for dental coverage, which includes a wide range of services such as routine exams, cleanings, fillings, and denture care​ (​​ (Global News)​​ (Global News)​.

How to Apply

Applications for the CDCP can be submitted online via the website, over the phone, or in person at Service Canada locations. You will need your social insurance number, date of birth, full name, home and mailing address, and a list of any dental coverage you have through government social programs (if applicable)​ (​​ (Global News)​.

Services Covered for Denture Care

Under the CDCP, seniors can receive coverage for a variety of denture-related services. These include:

  1. New Dentures: The plan covers the cost of new dentures, which can be crucial for seniors who need to replace old or damaged ones. This includes both complete and partial dentures.

  2. Denture Repairs: If your existing dentures are damaged, the CDCP covers repair services to ensure they fit properly and function effectively.

  3. Denture Adjustments: Over time, dentures may require adjustments to ensure comfort and proper fit. The plan includes coverage for these necessary adjustments to maintain optimal oral health and comfort.

Finding a Participating Provider

As of now, more than 6,500 oral health providers, including dentists, dental hygienists, denturists, and dental specialists, have signed up to participate in the CDCP. Before booking an appointment, ensure that your oral health provider is participating in the program and can direct bill Sun Life, the insurance provider for the CDCP. From July 8, 2024, you can see any oral health provider who agrees to bill Sun Life directly for services​ (​​ (Global News)​​ (Global News)​.

Financial Considerations

While the CDCP covers a significant portion of dental care costs, depending on your household income, you may need to pay a co-payment or additional charges. It's essential to confirm any out-of-pocket costs with your provider before receiving services to avoid unexpected expenses​ (​.

Additional Support

In addition to the CDCP, the government is launching the Oral Health Access Fund (OHAF) later this month to further reduce barriers to oral health care, particularly in rural and remote communities. This initiative aims to support projects from oral health training institutions, ensuring that more Canadians can access the dental care they need​ (​.


The Canadian Dental Care Plan is a transformative initiative aimed at improving access to dental care for seniors and other uninsured Canadians. By providing comprehensive coverage for denture care and other essential dental services, the CDCP is helping to ensure that more Canadians can maintain their oral health and overall well-being.

For more information and to apply, visit the Canadian Dental Care Plan page. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can contact Service Canada or contact Postings Denture Clinic in Victoria today.


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