Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

The Government of Canada’s dental care plan for children, adults, seniors, and uninsured Canadian residents.

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Introducing the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

Your oral health directly influences your overall well-being. Neglecting dental care can lead to serious health issues, including respiratory diseases, diabetes complications, cardiovascular problems, strokes, cancer, pregnancy complications, and life-threatening infections, significantly impacting your quality of life if not addressed promptly.

The Government of Canada is dedicated to enhancing affordability for Canadians through the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). To qualify for the CDCP, individuals must:

  • Not have dental insurance
  • Have a household income of less than $90,000
  • Be regarded as a resident of Canada for tax purposes
  • Have filed their tax return in the last year

Canadian residents enrolled in social programs offered by their province or territory government or by the federal government and receiving dental benefits through those programs are eligible for consideration for the CDCP, provided they meet all of its criteria.

Mer Bleue Dental is proud to participate in this initiative, reaffirming our commitment as a trusted comprehensive oral healthcare provider in Ottawa.

New patients are always welcome to experience our clinic’s compassionate care and personalized service.

Benefits at A Glance


Seniors experience specific changes in their oral health as they age, often influenced by chronic diseases and medications. These changes may manifest as:

  • Sensitive teeth: Increased sensitivity to temperature and pressure.
  • Dry mouth: Reduced saliva production, which can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay.
  • Exposed roots: Gum recession that exposes tooth roots to bacteria, potentially causing cavities.
  • Loss of natural teeth: Older adults are more likely to experience natural tooth loss over time.

At Mer Bleue Dental, we are committed to addressing the unique dental needs of seniors with personalized care plans and gentle treatments. Our experienced team focuses on preventive dentistry and patient education to ensure optimal oral health and comfort for our senior patients.

Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities have diverse dental care needs, even among those with similar conditions.

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) offers flexible coverage for a range of dental services recommended by dental providers to meet various needs. Many individuals who require assistance with daily self-care often face challenges in maintaining good oral health. The CDCP also includes coverage for specific dental hygiene services provided in non-clinical settings, such as mobile clinics or institutional care.

At Mer Bleue Dental, we prioritize inclusive dental care for persons with disabilities. Our experienced team is committed to understanding and addressing the unique oral health needs of each patient, offering tailored treatment plans and compassionate support to promote optimal oral health and overall well-being.


Did you know that 57% of children aged 6 to 11 have had cavities, and tooth decay contributes to one-third of all day surgeries for children aged 1 to 5? Poor oral health leads to over two million missed school days each year.

Early preventive dental visits before the age of three help establish a ‘dental home’ and are linked to reduced need for restorative dental care during early childhood.

Research supports the use of fluoride treatments and protective sealants on children’s teeth to significantly decrease the risk of cavities.

At Mer Bleue Dental, we focus on preventive care for children’s dental health. Our team is dedicated to educating families about oral hygiene and providing gentle, effective treatments to keep young smiles healthy and bright.

What Services Are Covered?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) will help cover a wide range of oral health care services that:

  • Keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Prevent and treat oral issues and diseases.
Diagnostic and Preventive

A range of dental exams, including complete, routine, specific and emergency exams

  • X-Rays
  • Cleaning (scaling)
  • Fluoride applications
  • Sealants
  • Minimal sedation (conscious)
  • Moderate sedation (requires pre-authorization)
  • Deep Sedation (requires pre-authorization)
  • General anesthesia (requires pre-authorization)
Basic Services

Restorative Services

  • Permanent fillings
  • Temporary fillings
  • Pain control for diseased teeth
  • Other treatments for cavities

Endodontic Services

  • Root canal treatments
  • Pulpectomies (first step of a root canal treatment)
  • Procedures to reduce infection and provide temporary pain relief
  • Retreatment of previously completed root canal treatment (requires pre-authorization)

Periodontal Services

  • Cleaning under the gumline
  • Treatment of abscesses
  • Bonding for mobile teeth (requires pre-authorization)
  • Post-surgical evaluations (requires pre-authorization) non-surgical gum disease management
Major Services

Restorative Services

  • Posts and post removal
  • Repairs to crowns and rebonding of crowns and posts
  • Crowns (requires pre-authorization)
  • Cores (to support crowns) (requires pre-authorization)
  • Posts for crown (requires pre-authorization)

Removable Prosthodontic Services

  • Complete dentures, including standard and temporary dentures
  • Denture repairs relines and rebases
  • Placing lining in dentures to condition oral tissues (for comfort and healing)
  • Complete immediate and overdentures (requires pre-authorization)
  • Initial placement of partial dentures (requires pre-authorization)
  • Replacement of partial dentures

Oral Surgery

  • Removal of teeth and roots
  • Surgical removal of tumours and cysts
  • Surgical incisions, including draining
  • Treatments for jaw bone fractures

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my oral health provider does not participate as a CDCP provider?

The CDCP will only pay for treatment from participating providers. To reduce out-of-pocket costs for those covered under the CDCP, claims must be submitted by an oral health provider participating in the CDCP for direct payment from Sun Life and not to the patient for the services covered under the CDCP.

What if I have dental insurance but would rather have coverage under the CDCP?

The CDCP is intended to help those who have no access to dental insurance. Therefore, only those who do not have access to any form of dental insurance/coverage (private or employer-sponsored) are eligible to apply for the CDCP.

If you have access to dental coverage through private or employer-sponsored plan, you will not be eligible for the CDCP.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)?

To qualify for the CDCP, the following criteria must be met:

  • no access to dental insurance
  • an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000;
  • be a Canadian resident for tax purposes, and
  • have filed their tax return in the previous year.
What is the Canadian dental care plan?

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is a federally delivered public plan that will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for up to nine million uninsured Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000, with no co-payments* for those with family net income under $70,000.

What is the difference between the Canadian dental benefit and the Canadian dental care plan (CDCP)?

The CDB is a temporary benefit that provides a direct, tax-free payment to help eligible families pay for oral health care services for their children under the age of 12. Once the interim CDB ends, those children will be eligible to transition to the CDCP, assuming they meet the eligibility criteria. 

The CDCP is a federally delivered public plan that will help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care. Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000. To limit out of pocket costs for enrolled Canadians, oral health providers are expected to bill the CDCP directly for reimbursement, so the patient doesn’t have to.

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