Here is information on the new Canadian dental care plan from various sources.
In Budget 2023, the federal government is moving forward with a transformative investment to provide dental care to Canadians who need it.
Budget 2023 proposes to provide $13.0 billion over five years, starting in 2023-24, and $4.4 billion ongoing to Health Canada to implement the Canadian Dental Care Plan. The plan will provide dental coverage for uninsured Canadians with annual family income of less than $90,000, with no co-pays for those with family incomes under $70,000. The plan would begin providing coverage by the end of 2023 and will be administered by Health Canada, with support from a third-party benefits administrator. Details on eligible coverage will be released later this year.
The plan will first become available to uninsured Canadians under 18 years of age, persons with disabilities and seniors. It will later cover all uninsured Canadians with family incomes of less than $90,000, by 2025.
The budget for this plan is $13 billion over five years time, beginning in 2023-24, with an additional $4.4 billion in ongoing, permanent funding.
According to a news release, it will cover up to nine million Canadians.