Canada Dental Benefit

The interim Canada Dental Benefit is intended to help lower dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 per year. Parents and guardians can apply if the child receiving dental care is under 12 years old and does not have access to a private dental insurance plan.

Depending on your adjusted family net income, a tax-free payment of $260, $390, or $650 is available for each eligible child. This interim dental benefit is only available for 2 periods. You can get a maximum of 2 payments for each eligible child. Benefit payments are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

First benefit period ends on June 30, 2023
If your child does not have a dental appointment, you should book one soon. To be eligible for the first benefit period, your child must receive dental care between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
If your child’s appointment occurs on or after July 1, 2023, they may be eligible for the second benefit period.
Eligibility checklist

Period 1: October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

You must meet all of the following for each child you apply for:

o   Your child was born on or after December 2, 2010 

(under 12 years old as of December 1, 2022)

o   Your child receives dental care services in Canada between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023

Ø  You should book a dental appointment for your child before applying. Details about your child’s dental provider and expected appointment date must be provided when you apply.

Ø  You will need to repay amounts you received if your child does not receive dental care within this period.


o   Your child does not have access to a private dental insurance plan

o   Your child’s dental costs are not fully covered by another dental program provided by any level of government

o    You are the only parent or caregiver receiving the CCB for your child as of December 1, 2022

o    OR

o    You have shared custody of your child and receive half of the CCB for your child as of December 1, 2022

o   You filed your 2021 taxes

o   Your spouse or common-law partner filed their 2021 taxes

o   OR      

o   You do not have a spouse or common-law partner as of December 1, 2022

o   Your adjusted family net income is less than $90,000 in 2021

You need all of the above to be eligible

To be eligible for the Canada Dental Benefit, you must meet all of the above criteria for each child you apply for.

If you have more than one child, check your eligibility for each child.

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA regularly checks to confirm if people were eligible for the payments they received.

If your application is selected for review, we may ask for more information to validate your application. If you are found to be ineligible or cannot provide the required information, you will have to return any payments you received.

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