Application Criteria

Before your application is reviewed by a Regional Committee, our staff will check to ensure it is complete. Incomplete applications will be returned by our staff and will not be considered by a Regional Committee.

For complete applications, the first assessment criteria is financial eligibility.  We use the Federal Low Income Cut-Offs (LICO), as published by Statistics Canada, to do this.  Financial eligibility depends on family size and the type of area in which you live – the more urban the area, the higher the LICO.  The LICO criteria is used as a guideline; if you do not meet this criteria, please submit additional information pertinent to your financial situation with your application.  The most recent criteria are in the table below:

Size of family unit Community size
Rural areas
outside CMA or CA
Census Agglomeration (CA) Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)
Less than 30,000
inhabitants
(small towns)
30,000 to 99,999
inhabitants
(larger towns)
100,000 to 499,999
inhabitants
(small cities)
Over 500,000
inhabitants
(larger cities)
2015 After-tax family income
1 person 13,335 15,261 17,025 17,240 20,386
2 persons 16,230 18,576 20,722 20,982 24,811
3 persons 20,211 23,129 25,802 26,128 30,895
4 persons 25,213 28,856 32,191 32,596 38,544
5 persons 28,711 32,859 36,657 37,118 43,890
6 persons 31,841 36,441 40,654 41,165 48,675
7 or more persons 34,972 40,024 44,649 45,211 53,460
2016 After-tax family income
1 person 13,525 15,478 17,267 17,485 20,675
2 persons 16,461 18,840 21,016 21,281 25,163
3 persons 20,498 23,457 26,169 26,499 31,334
4 persons 25,571 29,266 32,649 33,060 39,092
5 persons 29,119 33,326 37,178 37,646 44,514
6 persons 32,294 36,959 41,232 41,750 49,367
7 or more persons 35,469 40,593 45,284 45,854 54,220

 

Next, we look at the Personal Statement and Personal Reference.  These assist us in assessing how likely your child is to maintain the treatment.  We want the orthodontic treatment to succeed, and your child’s motivation and commitment to maintaining good dental health throughout his/her treatment will be very important.

Finally, we consider the digital photos you submitted as part of the application, and the Dental Examination Form.  These help us determine your child’s need for orthodontic treatment and overall dental health.  As you can appreciate, many people want to participate in Smiles 4 Canada, and our aim is to help those who can benefit most, or who have the most to gain, from the treatment.

Based on our overall assessment of this material, the Regional Committee will determine if the applicant can be treated through the program.  We will then identify a participating orthodontist who will meet your child to discuss the potential orthodontic treatment plans.  If you agree to a treatment plan, you will be asked to submit a $500 administrative fee to Smiles 4 Canada.  This fee must be paid before treatment can begin.


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