Ontario to expand access to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program
Sept. 15, 2020
Global Korean Post
The Ontario government is providing $25 million to expand access to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The funding will be used to support 78 infrastructure projects across the province, including building new dental clinics and renovating existing facilities.
The province is also adding eight new mobile dental clinics that will bring services directly to clients, making it easier for vulnerable seniors to access the dental care they need.
The funding will be used to build new dental clinics and make upgrades and expansions to existing clinics at public health units, participating community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres.
These projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2021.
The distribution is as follows:
- 50 projects will receive $11.6 million to support existing clinics with upgrades and expansions;
- 28 projects will receive $13.3 million to build new clinics that will help provide dental services in underserviced areas, which includes eight new mobile dental clinics.
The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program will reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital and help to eliminate hallway health care, prevent chronic disease and improve the quality of life and overall well-being for eligible seniors.
Eligible seniors can apply to the program online, or by picking up an application form at a local public health unit.