Canadian Dental Care Plan


The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a program managed by the Federal Government / Health Canada. 


For more information about CDCP or for a list of dentists participating in the program, please contact Health Canada.
*Representatives will not be available on statutory holidays.

Telephone number1-833-537-4342

The hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm local time, Monday to Friday.

TTY number1-833-677-6262

The hours of operation are 7:00 am to 7:30 pm Eastern time, Monday to Friday.

Outside of Canada1-613-221-3227
The hours of operation are 7:00 am to 7:30 pm Eastern time, Monday to Friday
Request a call backSubmit an eServiceCanada request form to have a Service Canada representative call you back within 2 business days.
In person

Visit any Service Canada Centre or Scheduled Outreach Site to get help in person.


Find a Service Canada office near you

If you have general questions about the CDCP and how it works, you do not need to provide identification (ID).

However, if you have specific questions about your file, you need to show ID and answer verification questions.


Do you qualify for the CDCP?

To qualify for the CDCP, you must meet all the eligibility criteria. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, you both need to meet the eligibility criteria to be able to qualify for the CDCP. Eligibility for children under 18 will be determined by the parents’ or guardians’ eligibility.


Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the CDCP, you must:

  • not have access to dental insurance
  • have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000
  • be a Canadian resident for tax purposes
  • have filed your tax return in the previous year

When can I get my benefits?

  1. Once you’ve applied through Health Canada and they confirm that you qualify, your information will be shared with Sun Life, who will enroll you in the CDCP.
  2. Sun Life will then send you your coverage start date and member card.
  3. The start date to access care under the CDCP depends on the date you were enrolled. You should contact the government with any specific questions regarding your eligibility under the CDCP.
  4. Application schedule:
 GroupApplication Open
 Seniors aged 87 and aboveStarted December 2023
 Seniors aged 77 to 86January 2024
 Seniors aged 72 to 76February 2024
 Seniors aged 70 to 71March 2024
 Seniors aged 65 to 69May 2024
 Adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificateStarting June 2024
 Children under the age of 18Starting June 2024
All remaining eligible Canadian residentsStarting 2025