Canada Dental Benefit Receives Royal Assent, Now Law
On November 17, Federal Bill C-31 received Royal Assent, becoming law, and enacting the Canada Dental Benefit (CDB). Most details remain the same as shared in our September 20 Issue Alert.
The CDB provides eligible parents or guardians with direct, up-front tax-free payments to cover preventative and restorative dental expenses for their children under 12 years who do not have access to private dental insurance. Children on existing Provincial, Territorial or Federal dental plans (such as BC Healthy Kids, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction dental program, First Nations Health Authority dental plan etc. remain eligible to apply, if their income criteria as stated below is met and they have out-of-pocket expenses for dental treatment that are not fully covered by these dental plans.
Benefit Amounts $650 for each eligible child if the family’s adjusted net income is under $70,000. $390 for each eligible child if the family’s adjusted net income is between $70,000 and $79,999. $260 for each eligible child if the family’s adjusted net income is between $80,000 and $89,999. Benefit Time Periods October 1, 2022-June 30, 2023 (children must be under 12 as of December 1, 2022) July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024 (children must be under 12 as of July 1, 2023) If an eligible child’s expense in one benefit period is more than the allotted amount for that period, the child may be eligible to access additional payment towards those costs in the period starting July 2023. However, the total amount received over the two years will not be more than the sum of the two benefit payments, per child in any scenario.
Application Process and Timeframe The application website will begin receiving applications and processing payments for the benefit December 1, 2022 The CDB will cover expenses retroactive to October 1, 2022 for eligible children. To access the CDB, parents or guardians must provide CRA with the name of their licensed dental care practitioner and the month of the planned appointment. They must also keep all receipts for audit purposes. The government indicated it is developing communication strategies and tool kits to be downloaded by dental offices to help provide information to their patients. BCDA is actively working to create and update its online resources to assist members and their patients navigate the CDB process.
The federal government remains committed to full implementation of a dental care program for households with incomes under $90,000 by 2025. BCDA is closely monitoring developments on this topic. We continue to advise that patients do not delay any dental treatment nor cancel any existing benefit coverage.
The new interim Canada Dental Benefit provides financial support to eligible families who earn less than $90,000 per year and do not have access to a private dental insurance plan for their children u...
CANADIAN DENTAL PLAN IS COMING!!! This is hopefully great news and will help out a lot of less fortunate people. Pass this on to anyone you know that this may be helpful for!
The temporary two-year plan, known as the Canada Dental Benefit, is set to provide families with no existing dental coverage and income less than $90,000, with lump-sum, tax-free cheques of up to $650 per child annually.
The targeted implementation date is December 1, 2022 with retroactive expense coverage to October 1. In order to access the benefit, parents or guardians need to apply through the Canada Revenue Agency and attest that:
- Their child does not have access to private dental care coverage - They will have out of pocket dental care expenses for which they will use the benefit; and - They understand they will need to provide receipts to verify out of pocket expenses occurred if required. ... See MoreSee Less
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Dr. Ma received her education in dentistry from the University of Sydney in 2022. Upon graduating, she returned home to Vancouver, to practice dentistry. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, with interests in restorative, emergency and oral surgery. Dr. Ma is dedicated in providing quality and comprehensive care to her patients, and takes time to understand each patient’s needs in order to help them understand and better their oral health. During her spare time, Dr. Ma enjoys travelling and immersing in the various food cultures, as well as exploring the great outdoors. ... See MoreSee Less