Volume 10 • 2023 • Issue 1

committed to families, and today we’re delivering real change with the launch of the Canada Dental Benefit,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. That same day, Dr. Aaron Burry, CEO of CDA, joined Jean‑Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, at another launch event held at a pediatric dental office in Ottawa. “CDA welcomes today’s launch of the Canada Dental Benefit,” said Dr. Burry. “As the federal government moves forward with its historic investment in enhancing access to dental care, we look forward to collaborating with them on this and future initiatives.” The CDB will provide payments up to $650 per child per year for families with adjusted net income under $90,000 per year and without dental coverage. Parents or guardians of eligible children must apply to receive the CDB through the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Account portal. Children are eligible to receive one CDB payment for dental services received in each of two eligibility periods: October 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, and July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. Future phases of the federal government’s approach to enhancing access to dental care will expand to include children under age 18, seniors, and persons with disabilities by the end of 2023, and all other adults by 2025. In 2023, Dr. Tomkins notes that CDA will focus on priority areas related to the federal commitment to invest in access to dental care. “We will continue to serve as the national voice for dentistry and ensure that oral health care remains a recognizable and significant public health issue,” she says. “As well, we’ll help shape the government’s dental care policy development and the design of future federally funded dental care proposals.” Visit the CDA website for more details and updates on the CDB: bit.ly/3CInxyC Members of Western University’s Schulich School of Dentistry demonstrating dental tools and techniques to young patients at the December launch event. 10 | 2023 | Issue 1 CDA atWork