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Ontario Expanding Free Dental Care for More Kids

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Ontario Expanding Free Dental Care for More Kids

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is expanding the Healthy Smiles Ontario program so that more kids from low-income families without dental coverage can access free dental care.

Ontario's  36 local public health units deliver the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, in partnership with Community Health Centres, primary care providers, dentists, dental hygienists, hospitals, schools and universities.

Who is eligible?

Children 17 and under may be eligible if:

  • They are residents of Ontario.
  • They are members of a household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $21,513 or less per year (increasing approximately $1,500 for each additional child).
  • They do not have access to any form of dental coverage, including other government-funded programs, such as Ontario Works.

How to apply

Local public health units can answer questions about eligibility, provide application forms and help guide applicants through the process. Along with the application form, people will be asked to provide proper documentation, including:

  • Annual Goods and Services Tax (GST) Credit Entitlement Notice or Annual Canada Child Tax Benefit and Ontario Child Benefit Notice (most recent tax year)
  • Government-issued identification (valid Ontario Health Card, Passport, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Resident Card, Canadian Immigration Identification Card, or valid Ontario Driver's License)
  • The child's valid Ontario Health Card

Once a child's eligibility has been confirmed, the local public health unit will discuss the available dental service options.

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