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Publicly Funded Dental Care is Coming

Did You Know… Publicly Funded Dental Care is coming!

Ontario Seniors will receive more support with a publicly-funded dental care program.

The Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have announced the annual investment of $90 million for a publicly funded dental care program for seniors.

The new program for seniors will be rolled out in two stages. The first stage will begin in the Fall of 2019 at Public Health Units, Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres.

Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income less than $19, 300 or a couple with a combined annual income less than $32,300 who do not have dental benefits (e.g., through private insurance or other government programs) will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

Eligibility for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program will be based on a senior’s net income (line 236 from your income tax form). Net income measures the sum of all income potentially subject to tax, including but not limited to employment income, investment income, pension income (including CPP), and government social support payments (e.g., OAS, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Social Assistance) less non-discretionary expenses associated with earning income (e.g., union dues, professional fees) and pension contributions (e.g., RRSP contributions or contributions to a Registered Pension Plan).

Once the program is launched in fall 2019, seniors will be able to get an application form online from the Ministry of Health at www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-health or the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. Seniors can also get a paper copy at one of the three offices of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

A provincial processing centre will handle all of the completed application forms and will verify the applicant’s income. Eligible seniors will receive a dental card confirming their enrolment in the program.

Dental services covered under this program will include the following:
Preventive services (e.g., cleanings)
Restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities
Oral surgery services to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
Endodontic services to treat infection and pain
Periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases.

Prosthodontic services, including dentures, will also be covered to a certain extent under the OSDCP.

For more information visit www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-health or contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Oral Health Department at 519-258-2146, ext. 1199.