Eligibility for the CDCP is determined based on several criteria. Currently the program is expanding to seniors, children under 18 and people with disabilities. Eventually all Canadians who meet the following criteria will qualify:
- Lack of access to private dental insurance.
- Adjusted family net income below $90,000.
- Canadian residency for tax purposes.
- Having filed a tax return in the previous year.
Note: Canadian residents who have access to dental coverage through a social program offered by a province or territory and/or the federal government can still qualify for the CDCP if they meet all the eligibility criteria.