Province Announced Additional $25 Million For Seniors Dental Care Programs

Posted: 2020-09-03 10:15:33 By: thebay

The Ontario government announced $25 million in new funding to expand access to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program today. 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.

Premier Ford says "As part of the next phase of the program, we are enhancing our commitment, which includes more mobile dental clinics. We are bringing critical dental care right to the doorstep of our seniors and allowing for better treatment in underserviced areas."

These projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2021.

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 Government says the 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.