What is 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 may be eligible if they pay for dental care for a child under 12 years old who 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. You can apply for a maximum of 2 payments per child.
Who Can Apply?
There are 2 benefit periods for the interim Canada Dental Benefit. The eligibility criteria is specific to the period when your child receives dental care. Check if you meet the criteria for each child you are applying for. You can check if your child is eligible for the Canada Dental Benefit by clicking here.
How Much Dental Benefit You Could Get?
Your Canada Dental Benefit payments are tax-free and will vary based on your family income. Parents and guardians with children who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for this benefit.
Benefit amounts based on income
The CRA determines your benefit amount based on your adjusted family net income. The benefit amount for each eligible child will not change based on your dental costs.
Use your adjusted family net income from:
- 2021 for dental care received between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023
- 2022 for dental care received between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024
How many payments you can get?
For this benefit, you may apply for a maximum of 2 payments for each eligible child. If you have more than one eligible child, you can apply for all of them at the same time or separately.
During the first benefit period
From December 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, you could only apply for one payment for each eligible child who received dental care between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
During the second benefit period
You can apply for one or two payments for each eligible child depending on your situation.
If you received a payment for a child in the first benefit period, that child will only be eligible for one more payment.