Alberta Seniors Dental Plan

Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors
Eligible seniors can get help covering the cost of basic dental and optical services.

To be eligible for the Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs you must:

  • be 65 years of age or older
  • be an Alberta resident and have resided in Alberta for at least three months before applying
  • be a Canadian citizen or admitted to Canada for permanent residence (landed immigrant)
  • be approved to receive Seniors Financial Assistance programs
  • have an annual income within the limits allowed by the program

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Canada Dental Care Plan (cdcp)

Eligibilty Criteria for the Canada Dental Care plan (CDCP)

To qualify for the CDCP you must:

  1. Not have access to dental insurance
  2. Have an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000
  3. Be a Canadian Resident
  4. Have filed your tax return in the previous year
    ** you need to meet all the eligibility criteria to qualify for the CDCP

If you have dental coverage through government social programs

If you have dental coverage through a provincial, territorial or federal government social program, you can still qualify for the CDCP. If you meet all the eligibility criteria, your coverage will be coordinated between the plans to ensure there are no duplication or gaps in coverage.

You will need to meet the eligibility annually

When can I apply?

Application schedule

Group Applications open
Seniors aged 87 and above December 2023
Seniors aged 77 to 86 January 2024
Seniors aged 72 to 76 February 2024
Seniors aged 70 to 71 March 2024
Seniors aged 65 to 69 May 2024
Adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate June 2024
Children under the age of 18 June 2024
All remaining eligible Canadian residents 2025

Enrolment Confirmation

You will receive a package (insurance card) in the mail from Sun Life with your coverage start date. Once you have your Sun Life card and start date you can make an appointment.

Covered Services

The Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) will help cover a wide range of services:

  • preventive services, including scaling (cleaning), sealants and fluoride
  • diagnostic services, including examinations and x-rays
  • restorative services, including fillings
  • endodontic services, including root canal treatments
  • prosthodontic services, including complete dentures, and partial removable dentures
  • periodontal services, including deep scaling
  • oral surgery services, including extractions

Co-payments based on adjusted family net income

Adjusted Family Net Income How much will the CDCP cover How much you will cover
Lower than $70,000 100% of eligible oral health care service costs 0% of the CDCP established fees. **
Between $70,000 and $79,999 60% of eligible oral health care service costs 40% of the CDCP established fees. **
Between $80,000 and $89,999 40% of eligible oral health care service costs 60% of the CDCP established fees. **

**You may have a co-payment based on your adjusted family net income. A co-payment is the percentage of the CDCP fees that isn’t covered by the CDCP, and that you will have to pay directly to the oral health provider. The CDCP fees, are not the same as the provincial and territorial oral health associations suggested fee guides. Your co-payment is based on your adjusted family net income and will vary from family to family. We are happy to preauthorize treatment prior to services.

For more information you can go to the government of Alberta website or call 1-833-537-4342