The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a new publicly-funded dental care program to help eligible low-income seniors access dental care.
The OSDCP provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits. In Huron County, approximately 600 seniors are estimated to be eligible for the program.
To qualify for the program, seniors must be 65 years of age or older, Ontario residents, and have no existing dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, while a couple must have a combined income of $32,000 or less.
Dental services covered under the program will include preventive care and treatment services, such as fillings and extractions, check-ups, X-rays and cleanings, and will partially cover dental prosthetics and dentures. For a full list of coverage, please visit Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental.
How can seniors apply to the OSDCP?
Eligible seniors can apply to the OSDCP online at Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental, or print a hard-copy form to be mailed. Printed application forms are also available at the Huron County Health Unit.
Seniors will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to apply and must have filed their taxes for the previous year. If a senior does not have a SIN or has not filed their taxes in the previous year, they can apply with a guarantor using the Guarantor Form.
To help seniors enroll in the OSDCP, the Huron County Health Unit will be holding drop-in application days during the week of December 16-20, at the following times and locations:
Exeter Library, 330 Main St. S
Monday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Seaforth Library, 108 Main St. S.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Alice Munro Library, 281 Edward St.
Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Goderich Library, 52 Montreal St.
Thursday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clinton Library, 27 Albert St.
Friday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you plan to attend an application clinic, please bring your Ontario Health Card and SIN, and if applicable, your spouse’s SIN. Please note that if a couple qualifies they must both fill out a separate application and sign.
If an application is approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to the successful applicant within 2-3 weeks. The dental card must be presented at the time of an appointment to a dental office that offers the OSDCP.
For more information, visit Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental or call the Huron County Health Unit at (519) 482-3416.
For specific questions about an application, please contact the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program toll-free at 1-833-207-4435 or toll-free TTY: 1-800-855-0511.