Application Criteria

Before your application is reviewed by a Regional Committee, our staff will check to ensure it is complete. The online application is a step-by-step process that must be fully completed, with all 'documents' upoaded in order to be submitted for consideration. Incomplete applications 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 criterion threshold, 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
Rural areas
outside CMA or CA
Census Agglomeration (CA) Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)
Less than 30,000
(small towns)
30,000 to 99,999
(larger towns)
100,000 to 499,999
(small cities)
Over 500,000
(larger cities)
2017 After-tax family income
1 person 13,782 15,772 17,595 17,817 21,068
2 persons 16,774 19,198 21,415 21,685 25,641
3 persons 20,887 23,903 26,666 27,002 31,929
4 persons 26,057 29,822 33,269 33,688 39,835
5 persons 29,672 33,959 37,884 38,361 45,360
6 persons 32,908 37,661 42,015 42,543 50,305
7 or more persons 36,143 41,364 46,144 46,725 55,250
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.

Key 2019 Program Dates (estimated):

Application window opens Now open
Application window closes March 31, 20191
Decisions letters sent October 9 & 10, 2019
Initial consultations with orthodontists October 22-November 22, 2019
Deadline to submit administration fee November 28, 20192
Treatment start (earliest date) November 29, 2019

1. Incomplete applications will not upload and therefore will not be considered.
2. The administration fee will be invoiced after the orthodontist confirms that an initial consultation has resulted in a treatment plan. Treatment will begin AFTER the fee is received


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