On November 20, 2019, the province announced the launch of the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. Acknowledging that finances have prohibited some seniors from being able to receive dental care the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program supports low-income seniors.
Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify. Dental services include examinations, x-rays, preventive services such as tooth cleaning; restorative services to repair broken teeth or cavities and denture services. The program requires clients to pay a 10% co-payment on the denture cost. The province also detailed that services would be accessed through public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres across the province.
How to Apply
Application forms are available online and at Ottawa Public Health dental clinics. Applications need to be printed, signed and mailed to:
Ministry of Health
Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program Station P
PO Box 159
Toronto, ON M5S 2S7
When do services start?
Once approved, enrolled clients will receive an information package in the mail with a dental card for the program that is valid until July 31, 2020. Enrolled clients will be automatically renewed if they have submitted their yearly tax returns and continue to meet the financial eligibility guidelines. As of today, access to the full range of dental services will vary across the province. We understand that the province intends for the program to continue to expand in the coming year.
Should you have any questions about the new provincial plan, please feel free to visit
Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental ; call toll-free 1-833-207-4435 and TTY 1-800-855-0511.