Canada Dental Benefit: Keeping children smiling

By Sean Delaney

If you’ve missed out on or haven’t yet heard about the new federal dental assistance program announced late last year, here’s what you need to know.

The interim Canada Dental Benefit offers significant financial assistance to reduce dental costs for eligible families earning less than $90,000 annually. Parents and guardians can apply if their child, under 12 years old, needs dental care and cannot access a private dental insurance plan.

Depending on your adjusted family net income, you may be eligible for a tax-free payment of $260, $390, or $650 for each eligible child. This interim dental benefit is available for two periods, allowing for a maximum of two payments per eligible child. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers these benefit payments.

The first benefit period covers children under 12 years old as of December 1, 2022, who receive dental care between October 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.

The application process is straightforward: book a dental appointment for your child before applying. You will need to provide details about your child’s dental provider and the expected appointment date when applying.

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Remember, many excellent family dentists are right here in the Emery area. For a complete listing, visit the Emery Village BIA Business Directory at:

Here are some local options to consider:

Gazala Dentistry: 3457 Weston Rd. Unit C, Toronto, 416-746-0303

Dr. Wilson Deborah: 4801 Steeles Ave. W., Toronto, Unit 22, 416-740-8181

Chagger Dental: 5109 Steeles Ave. West Suite #10, 647-351-7860

A&E Dental: 3212 Weston Rd., Toronto, 416-746-0005

Islington Dental Clinic: 2975 Islington Ave., Toronto, 416-749-6631

Emery Village Dental: 39 Abraham Welsh Rd. Unit C4, Toronto, 437-900-8266

Family Dentistry: 2437 Finch Ave West, Toronto, Suite #2, 416-746-2470

Weston and Finch Dental Office: 2397 Finch Ave West, Toronto, 416-742-6868

Weston/Finch Dental: 2300 Finch Ave West, Toronto, Unit # 61, 416-745-5528