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A Comprehensive Guide to Applying for the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

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The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a vital initiative designed to provide dental care coverage to eligible Canadian residents. If you or a loved one is interested in applying for this program, it’s essential to understand the application process and eligibility criteria. In this informative blog post, we will walk you through the application schedule, steps to apply, and who can assist you in the process.

Application Schedule:

The CDCP application process is structured in phases to ensure a smooth rollout. Here’s a table outlining when you can apply:

If you fall within one of these groups, you can prepare to apply according to the designated start date.

Group Applications Open
Seniors aged 87 and above As of December 2023
Seniors aged 77 to 86 Starting January 2024
Seniors aged 72 to 76 Starting February 2024
Seniors aged 70 to 71 Starting March 2024
Seniors aged 65 to 69 Starting May 2024
Adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate Starting June 2024
Children under the age of 18 Starting June 2024
All remaining eligible Canadian residents Starting 2025

Applying for the CDCP:

  • 1. Receiving an Invitation Letter:
  • Starting in mid-December 2023, invitation letters will be sent out to eligible individuals, starting with seniors aged 87 and above.
  • Followed by seniors aged 77 to 86 in January 2024, aged 72 to 76 in February 2024, and aged 70 to 71 in March 2024.
  • These letters will include a personalized application code and detailed instructions on how to apply.

2. Applying with the Invitation Letter:

  • If you receive an invitation letter, follow the instructions within it to apply by phone.
  • After applying, wait for Service Canada to assess your eligibility for the CDCP.
  • If you qualify, you will receive a welcome package from Sun Life, explaining how and when you can access dental care services.

3. Eligible to Apply but Haven’t Received a Letter:

  • Invitation letters will be sent in phases, with all expected to be delivered by the end of March 2024.
  • Letters will be sent to the address you used in your 2022 tax return, provided your adjusted family net income is less than $90,000.
  • If you haven’t filed your 2022 taxes or your address is outdated, contact the Canada Revenue Agency to update your information.

4. Applying Starting in May 2024:

  • Individuals eligible to apply from May 2024 onwards will have the option to apply online. More information about the online application process will be available later.

Assistance in Applying:

  • You don’t have to navigate the CDCP application process alone. Here are two ways to seek assistance:

1. Applying with the Help of a Trusted Person:

  • You can request assistance from a trusted person, such as a friend, relative, caregiver, translator, or interpreter.
  • You must provide clear consent to let them help you with the application, either by phone or by visiting a Service Canada office.

2. Applying through a Delegate:

  • Delegates are individuals with legal authority to represent and make decisions on your behalf.
  • They can represent you if they are listed as your delegate on documents like Powers of attorney/mandates or Trusteeships.
  • Delegates must provide the necessary documents proving their legal authority before applying on your behalf.

Submitting Proof of Delegate Documents:

  • If you or your delegate are sending documents by mail, include a cover letter with the applicant’s full name, Social Insurance Number (SIN), a statement mentioning the CDCP, the delegate’s contact information, and a return address.
  • Mail the documents to the appropriate regional mailing address provided in the article.


The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) aims to provide essential dental care coverage to eligible Canadian residents. By following the application schedule and guidelines outlined here, you can ensure a smooth application process and access the dental care you need. If you require assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to trusted individuals or delegates for support. Remember to stay informed and take advantage of this valuable healthcare opportunity.

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