Elgin-Middlesex-London - April 23, 2019 - Senior citizens in Ontario deserve to
be respected and live in dignity. Often obstacles and finances have prohibited some
seniors from being able to receive the dental care they require. Ontario is protecting
what matters most by providing low-income seniors access to quality dental care
through a new publicly-funded dental care program that will begin in late summer
"Ontario's Government for the People continues putting patients at the centre of
care by providing seniors with the support they need to access high-quality and
affordable dental care," said Minister Elliott. "We are taking another step in creating
a sustainable and connected health care system that is built 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 health and well-being of seniors across the province is one of our government's
top priorities," said Minister Cho. "For many lower income seniors, it is hard for
them to access affordable dental care. This program is putting seniors first by
providing the essential services they need and deserve."
"Ontario's seniors deserve the dignity of receiving essential dental care when they
need it, which will contribute to their overall health," said MPP Jeff Yurek. "I
am proud that our government is providing this support for low-income seniors like
those in Elgin-Middlesex-London."
Untreated oral health issues can lead to chronic diseases and a reduced quality
of life, while also creating a reliance on emergency departments already under increased
"This is another example of how our government is engaging and listening to patients,
caregivers and frontline health care providers on ways to help end hallway health
care," said Minister Elliott. "Dental care for seniors will provide them with the
right care and avoid preventable emergency department visits."
- In 2015, there were almost 61,000 hospital emergency visits for dental problems,
at a cost to Ontario's health care system of approximately $31 million.
- Two-thirds of low-income seniors do not have access to dental insurance.
- Once the program is launched, seniors will be able to get an application form from
the ministry's website or public health unit. Applications will be assessed, and
eligible clients will be enrolled in the program.
- By winter 2019, the program will expand to include new dental services in underserviced
areas, including through mobile dental buses and an increased number of dental suites
in public health units.
2019 Ontario Budget