Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

The Government of Canada dental plan for seniors, children, adults, and uninsured Canadian residents

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Introducing the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP)

Your oral health is integral to your overall well-being. Neglecting it can lead to serious health issues such as respiratory diseases, diabetes complications, cardiovascular problems, strokes, cancer, pregnancy complications, and life-threatening infections, significantly impacting your quality of life if left untreated.

The Government of Canada is committed to enhancing Canadians’ affordability by implementing 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.

Trillium Dental will participate in this program, reaffirming our commitment as one of Ottawa’s trusted providers of comprehensive oral healthcare.

We warmly welcome new patients to experience our exceptional care.

Benefits at A Glance


As we age, our oral health needs change, influenced by chronic diseases and medications. These changes in seniors often include:

  • Sensitive teeth: Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and touch.
  • Dry mouth: Reduced saliva production increases the risk of tooth decay.
  • Exposed roots: Receding gums expose roots to bacteria, leading to cavities.
  • Loss of natural teeth: Older adults are more susceptible to losing their natural teeth.

At Trillium Dental, we specialize in caring for seniors’ oral health. Our team is dedicated to providing gentle and comprehensive dental care tailored to meet the unique needs of older adults. We focus on preventive strategies and personalized treatments to help seniors maintain healthy smiles and overall well-being

Persons with Disabilities

Not all individuals with disabilities require identical dental care, even among those with the same condition.

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) provides flexible coverage for a range of dental services recommended by dental providers to meet diverse needs. Individuals who require assistance with daily self-care often experience poorer oral health outcomes. The CDCP also includes coverage for certain dental hygiene services offered in non-clinical settings such as mobile clinics or institutional care.

At Trillium Dental, we are committed to providing inclusive dental care for persons with disabilities. Our compassionate team understands the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and offers specialized treatments and accommodations to ensure optimal oral health and comfort.


Did you know? 57% of children aged 6 to 11 have experienced cavities, and tooth decay contributes to one-third of all day surgeries for children aged 1 to 5 in hospitals. Poor oral health results in over two million missed school days annually.

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

Research confirms that applying fluoride treatments and protective sealants to children’s teeth significantly reduces the risk of tooth decay.

At Trillium Dental, we prioritize children’s oral health with preventive care and treatments tailored to their needs. Our goal is to help children maintain healthy smiles and minimize dental problems from an early age.

What Services Are Covered?

The CDCP will help cover a wide range of oral health care services, including:

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 anaesthesia (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

Dental Clinic Locations

Alta Vista

Bayshore Mall

Downtown Ottawa


Stittsville West

Westgate Mall

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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