Often obstacles and finances have prohibited some seniors from being able to receive the dental care they require. On April 11, 2019, the Province of Ontario announced plans to provide low-income seniors access to quality dental care through a new publicly-funded program that will begin in late summer 2019.
“No senior in Ontario should go without quality dental care,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Our government continues to put patients at the centre of care by providing seniors with the support they need to access high-quality and affordable dental care. We are taking another step in creating a sustainable and connected public health care system that is built for the people and for the future.”
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 for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The services will be accessed through public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres across the province. The program will receive an annual investment of $90 million when fully implemented.
Further details on accessing the program will be shared once they become available. Your regional public health department will continue to meet the oral health needs of children and youth up to 17 years of age.
For information on dental care for seniors, please visit the Canadian Dental Association website.