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)
2019 After-tax family income
1 person 18,192 20,696 22,618 22,759 26,426
2 persons 22,647 25,764 28,157 28,332 32,899
3 persons 27,841 31,673 34,615 34,831 40,445
4 persons 33,804 38,457 42,029 42,290 49,106
5 persons 38,339 43,617 47,668 47,963 55,695
6 persons 43,242 49,193 47,668 54,096 62,814
7 or more persons 48,142 54,769 53,762 60,227 69,935
2020 After-tax family income
1 person 18,737 21,316 23,296 23,441 27,219
2 persons 23,326 26,536 29,001 29,182 33,886
3 persons 28,876 32,623 35,653 35,876 41,658
4 persons 34,818 39,610 43,290 43,558 50,579
5 persons 39,489 44,925 49,098 49,402 57,366
6 persons 44,539 50,669 55,375 55,719 64,698
7 or more persons 49,586 56,412 61,651 62,034 72,033

*2020 data is approximate, as it has not yet been released at time of publication

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 and the Dental Examination Form you submitted as part of the application.  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 2022 Program Dates (estimated):

Application window opens End of January, 2022
Application window closes April 30, 20221
Decisions letters sent October 11-28, 2022
Initial consultations with orthodontists November 1-November 30, 2022
Deadline to submit administration fee December 31, 20222
Treatment start (earliest date) November 15, 2022

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 (even if past the deadline)


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