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Ontario Launches Free Routine Dental Care

Ontario Launches Free Routine Dental Care

Ross Romano MPP for Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  November 30, 2019  (LSN)   As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing in programs that keep seniors healthy in their communities longer. Today, Ross Romano MPP for Sault Ste. Marie echoed how communities like Sault Ste. Marie stand to benefit from this investment. 
 
Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits by patients, of which a significant portion are seniors. Many low-income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care because they cannot afford it, impacting their overall well-being. 

This is why the government is investing approximately $90 million annually for the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP), which will provide free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province. In doing so, the government expects to reduce the number of dental-related emergency department visits, helping to end hallway health care. 
 
“Providing dental care for low income seniors helps alleviate the concerns of seniors and their families around not being able to access essential healthcare services in their community,” said Romano. “In Sault Ste. Marie, organizations like Algoma Public Health will be able to ensure our seniors receive the care they need and deserve, all while reducing hospital wait times. This is yet another way how our government is protecting what matters most for the people of Ontario.”   
 
Eligible seniors can apply to the program online as of today (ontario.ca/SeniorsDental), or by picking up an application form at a local public health unit. 
 
“With this program, we are making sure Ontario’s low-income seniors can age with dignity and enjoy the quality of life they deserve,” said Premier Ford. “This is another concrete way our government is delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care and cut hospital wait times.” 
 
“By providing seniors with access to quality dental care and keeping them out of hospitals, this new program is a key part of our plan to end hallway health care,” said Minister Elliott. “Ontario is building a connected system of care that supports all Ontarians throughout their health care journey.” 
 
“The well-being of all Ontario’s seniors is a top priority for this government,” said Minister Cho. “This new dental care program will help eligible seniors receive the quality dental care they deserve. By keeping seniors healthy, we can also help seniors avoid emergency visits to the hospital, prevent chronic diseases, and increase quality of life for seniors in Sault Ste. Marie and across the province.” 
 
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. 
 
“Algoma’s population is aging, with a greater proportion of seniors aged 65 years and older than the rest of Ontario. From a public health perspective, this program will improve the health and quality of life and will reduce health inequities among low-income seniors in our region,” said Dr. Marlene Spruyt, Medical Officer of Health for Algoma Public Health.  
 
“We estimate that the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program will support 2200 seniors in the Algoma District.” 
 
Ontario remains committed to building healthier communities and making life more affordable for everyone, including seniors and their families. 
 
 Who is Eligible

 

You can apply for the program if you: 

  • are 65 years of age or older 
  • are a resident of Ontario 
  • meet the income requirements:
    • an annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single senior
    • a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple 
  • have no other form of dental benefits, including private insurance or dental coverage under another government program such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program or Non-Insured Health Benefits 

We will verify your income using your Social Insurance Number (SIN), that you will provide when you apply to the program. We will use your SIN to verify your annual new income from your tax return. Learn how you can apply if you don’t have a SIN.

How to apply

You can apply to the program online or by mail

If you and your spouse or common-law partner are applying to the program, you must submit two separate applications.

Before you begin the online application, you need: 

  • your date of birth 
  • a valid Ontario address 
  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Taxation Number (TTN)
  • to have filed your taxes last year 

If you do not have a SIN or did not file taxes in the previous year, please complete the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program application through guarantor form

Apply online

To apply online:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Print and fill out the consent form.
  3. Mail the completed consent form within 30 days to:


QUICK FACTS 
 
▪ It is estimated that 100,000 low-income seniors will benefit annually from this program once fully implemented. 
▪ Two-thirds of low-income seniors do not have access to dental insurance. 
▪ The new dental care program will be available through public health units, including some mobile dental clinics, as well as participating Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs). 
 

To find out more: Call 416-916-0204  Toll-Free 1-833-207-4435  TTY 1-800-855-0511  ontario.ca/SeniorsDental 

  • 30 November 2019
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
  • Number of views: 12584
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Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Last updated Nov 23, 2020 

Comunlative
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Active
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233 155 78 3 2 1
           

 

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Case #233 Close Contact Self-Isolating 22/11/20
Case #232 Close Contact Hospitalized 16/11/20
Case #231 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #230 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #229 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #228 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #227 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #226 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #225 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/2020
Case #224 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #223 Close Contact Self-Isolating 21/11/2020
Case #222 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #221 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #220 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #219 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #218 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #217 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #216 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #215 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #214 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #213 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #212 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #211 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #210 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #209 Close Contact Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #208 No Known Exposure Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #207 Close Contact Self-Isolating  18/11/20 
Case #206 Close Contact Self-Isolating  12/11/20
Case #205 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #204 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #203 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #202 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #201 Travel  Self-Isolating  14/11/20 
Case #200 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #199 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #198 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #197 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #196 Close Contact Self-Isolating 10/11/2020
Case #195 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #194 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #193 Close Contact Self-Isolating 12/11/2020
Case #192 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #191 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #190 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #189 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/20
Case #188 No Known Exposure Hospitalized 10/11/20
Case #187 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/20
Case #186 Close Contact Self-Isolating

12/11/2020

Case #185 Close Contact Self-Isolating 08/11/2020
Case #184 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #183 Pending Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #182 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #181 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #180 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #179 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #178 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #177 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #176 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #175 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #174 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #173 Close Contact Self-Isolating 06/11/2020
Case #172 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #171 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #170 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #169 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #168 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #167 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #166 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
       


 

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