Featured Benefits of CDA Membership

Your membership with the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) offers many advantageous experiences. As the national voice for dentistry, CDA’s efforts support the continued success of the dental profession and optimum oral health promotion for Canadians. CDA’s members are Corporate Member Provincial Dental Associations and Quebec-based dentists who are CDA Affiliate Members.

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Practice Support Services

CDAnet and CDA ITRANS 2.0 Claims Service: a secure and efficient way to send e-claims to claims processors on behalf of your patients. Convenient, secure and saves time!

  • No special router required.
  • Cuts the wait time for patients to receive reimbursements from weeks to days.
  • If you accept assignment of benefits, know the exact patient portion to collect at the appointment.
  • Most carriers inform you electronically about a patient’s eligibility for coverage, required pre-determinations, claim errors, and more.
  • Send certain carriers X-rays and documents electronically.

Learn more about CDAnet and CDA ITRANS 2.0.

CDA Secure Send: Be compliant with privacy obligations. CDA Secure Send is an easy and secure electronic messaging service that allows dentists to send patient information (such as X-rays) to any email address. Watch this video to learn more about CDA Secure Send and how to sign up.

Get expert technical support: Available to serve you from Mon. – Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. All Help Desk Agents are security-cleared (Industry Canada Protected B).

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Advocacy: Political influence that protects, promotes and advances the dental profession

CDA has the political knowledge and influence to advocate for the profession. CDA's primary tools are government relations, media relations, and public education. As part of our advocacy efforts, CDA works to:

  • raise the ongoing issue of shortages and cost increases of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the dental profession;
  • influence decision-makers to create financial relief programs to help sustain small businesses, such as dental offices, during COVID-19;
  • encourage targeted federal funding for provincial oral health care programs; and
  • raise awareness about enhancing access to care for vulnerable populations.

Learn more about CDA’s advocacy activities.

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CDA Essentials: published on a bi-monthly basis, CDA’s magazine provides dialogue between the national association and the dental community, and is dedicated to keeping dentists informed about news, issues, and clinically relevant information. Available in English or French, in print and online.

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (JCDA.ca): Canada’s only peer-reviewed dental journal, JCDA.ca is an open access publication that publishes original research articles indexed in Medline, Journal Citation Reports and Science Citation Index.

CDA Oasis and the CDA Oasis Bulletin: CDA Oasis is an online community for clinical support, the latest information on issues and technology impacting the dental profession, relevant dental news and more.

CDA COVID-19 Updates: Get trusted insights and resources on key issues, to expand your knowledge with CDA’s COVID-19 Update e-communications. CDA sends COVID-19 updates in English and French, tailored to Corporate Member provincial dental associations, Quebec-based CDA Affiliate Members, and to CDA Stakeholders.

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Community and Connectedness

CDA has the unique privilege and opportunity to bring together subject matter experts to discuss clinical and practice issues facing the profession. Through many committees, working groups and involvement with international bodies, CDA:

  • collects, analyzes and communicates information to help dentists make informed decisions about the delivery of patient care;
  • strengthens and promotes idea sharing to the benefit of the profession; and
  • produces Position Statements, which include background information and evidence-based support on a range of issues affecting oral health and dentistry.
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Exclusive access to insurance and investment solutions

CDSPI is a not-for-profit organization that operates under the governance of the CDA and participating provincial and territorial dental associations.

CDSPI is guided by the simple yet powerful concept that the financial well-being of dentists comes first and that every dentist has unique circumstances and priorities. This specialized expertise is one of the hallmarks of CDSPI and it’s why they prioritize the advice1 they provide above all else.

  • CDSPI passionately advocates, sources and negotiates best-in-class solutions for dentists including customized insurance for your practice, income, life, home and travel.
  • As part of their commitment to give back to the dental community, CDSPI provides, at no cost, an insurance program for dental students and a Members’ Assistance Program (MAP)2 for confidential short-term clinical counselling and a variety of wellness resources to help with life’s challenges.
  • Significant premium reductions are available for new dentists for popular insurance programs including life, disability and TripleGuard™ Insurance3 as well as preferred pricing on other products including auto and home insurance.
  • Get access to private wealth management, a suite of low-fee, top-tier investment funds and one-on-one financial planning services to identify your goals and develop a plan leveraging expert financial and tax planning strategies to help you achieve financial success.
  • CDSPI sponsors many important initiatives such as mentorship and community access to care.
  • CDSPI has programs in place to systematically gather and use input from dental professionals across Canada, which ensures they are always driven by your interests.

CDSPI has been a trusted partner for over 60 years and has stood for innovative products, outstanding service and an unfailing dedication to supporting Canadian dentists and their families. For more information, please visit www.cdspi.com or call 1-800-561-9401.

1 Advisory services are provided by licensed advisors at CDSPI Advisory Services Inc.
2 MAP services and resources are offered through LifeWorks.
3 TripleGuard™ Insurance is underwritten by Aviva Insurance Company of Canada.

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Affiliation with prestige CDA programs and resources

CDA Seal Program: The CDA Seal Program independently validates specific oral health benefit claims made by the manufacturer of an oral health product. The CDA Seal and its accompanying statement are found on products that have successfully completed the CDA review process. For Canadian consumers and dentists, the CDA Seal provides reassurance that a specific oral health product can improve an individual’s oral health in the ways claimed by the manufacturer. Learn more about the benefits of the CDA Seal in this video, the application process, oral health products that have earned the CDA Seal, and more.

Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program: The DAT is designed to help dental students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students. Most importantly, it allows CDA to be part of the discussion of the attributes desired of our future colleagues. Learn more about the DAT Program.

Host of ISO/TC 106: CDA hosts the international secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee for dentistry (ISO/TC 106) which helps ensure that Canadian dental experts have a voice in creating international standards. The scope of ISO/TC 106 is standardization in oral health care including:

  • terms and definitions;
  • performance, safety, and specification requirements of dental products; and
  • clinically relevant laboratory test methods, all of which contribute to improved global health.

First Visit, First Tooth (FVFT) Teaching Course: CDA offers a teaching kit to help dentists see children reach their full dental potential and prevent the burden of illness associated with early childhood caries. Learn more about CDA’s FVFT teaching course.

Dental Career Options Website: Developed by leaders in Canadian dentistry, dentalcareeroptions.ca is dedicated to help dental students and early practising dentists fully understand the career options that are available to them throughout their professional lives. Learn more about the five most common dental practice options available.

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How to Join and Access CDA Membership Benefits

Dentists automatically access CDA Membership benefits through their provincial dental association who is a CDA Corporate Member. Quebec-based dentists can access CDA Membership benefits as CDA Affiliate (individual) Members by clicking the join or renew button below.