As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing in
programs that keep seniors healthy in their communities longer.
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.
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 the region 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
MPPs Daisy Wai, Logan Kanapathi, Vincent Ke, Gila Martow and Billy Pang were recently at Armadale Community Centre to announce that eligible seniors can apply to the program online now
(ontario.ca/SeniorsDental), or pick 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,” Premier Ford said. “This is another concrete way our government
is delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care and cut hospital wait times.”
“The well-being of all Ontario’s seniors is a top priority for this government,” said Wai. “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 York Region and across the province.”
“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,” Minister Christine Elliott said. “Ontario
is building a connected system of care that supports all Ontarians throughout their health care
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.