Canada Dental Benefit Factsheet

The interim Canada Dental Benefit can help lower dental costs for families with children that meet eligibility criteria.

If your family:

  • earns less than $90,000 per year
  • has a child receiving dental care under 12 years old
  • does not have access to a private dental insurance plan.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will calculate your adjusted family net income and issue payment if you are eligible. You may receive a tax-free payment of $260, $390, or $650 for each eligible child. This interim dental benefit is only available for two periods starting October 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, and July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.

You can use the online tool to estimate your child’s benefit amount. 

If you share custody of your child, you may be eligible for partial payment. Parents of the same child can get different amounts based on their own family's net income, which may be different. You can get a maximum of 2 payments for each eligible child.

The Canada Dental Benefit payment is not taxable. You do not need to report it as income on your tax return. However, if you claim dental costs as medical expenses for your child on your income taxes, you can only claim costs not submitted to the benefits program.

This article contains information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Last updated: June 22, 2023 4006574