Funding to Support Area Low Income Seniors Dental ClinicsSeptember 15, 2020
North Bay – As part of the Ontario Seniors Dental Capital Program, Nipissing MPP, Vic Fedeli, announced that the province is providing the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit with $230,700 for their 2020-21 operating year.
“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 in Nipissing,” said MPP Fedeli.
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. These investments include:
- $168,000 – Dental Clinic at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
- $62,700 – Parry Sound Mobile Dental Clinic
- Ontario is investing approximately $90 million annually in the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program
- The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program provides free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors across the province who do not have dental benefits. 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 will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.
- Once fully implemented, the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program will serve approximately 100,000 low-income seniors annually.
- Two-thirds of low-income seniors do not have access to dental insurance.
Eligible seniors can apply to the program online, or by picking up an application form at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
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