Access to Care: volunteering opportunities

  • Filling the Gap Dental Outreach is a non-profit organization that uses existing community dental clinics to provide low cost urgent dental care to low income uninsured adults in the Toronto area (Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Healthcare in Scarborough, and Rexdale Community Hub in Etobicoke). For more information, please visit this page.
  • Gift from the Heart is connecting oral health care professionals to vulnerable Canadians who encounter barriers accessing essential care. Volunteers are needed at their Outreach Dental Clinic in Brighton to provide free dental services. For more information, contact or visit this page.
  • Quest Community Health Centre, located in St. Catharines, is a participating Community Health Centre site for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. Eligible seniors 65 years or older can access free, routine dental care through the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. Visit this page for more information on volunteering opportunities.
  • Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) offers programs to athletes from age 2 to 88 years young who have an intellectual disability. Dentists are able to leverage coaching, mentoring and training that they complete while volunteering with SOO to get continuing education (CE) points. For more information, please visit this page.
  • Special Smiles aims to expose oral healthcare professionals to work with people with intellectual disabilities. The program provides comprehensive oral health care information, including free dental screenings and instruction on correct brushing and flossing techniques. It is designed to help athletes improve their health and their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics as well as life. For more information, please visit this page.

Upcoming volunteering opportunity

Special Olympics Ontario is looking for volunteers to assist in an upcoming Special Smiles screening as part of their Provincial Games

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental students and dental hygiene students are eligible to apply.

Dentists participating are eligible for CE points in Category 2 for the completion of orientation modules. 

Location: Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University Ave W, Waterloo ON N2L3C5 


  • May 24 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Training will take place from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • May 25 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Training will take place from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Click here for more information.

  • The Wright Clinic is a not-for-profit, community-based dental clinic that offers dental care to Londoners facing barriers due to income or housing insecurity. If you are interested in volunteering with The Wright Clinic, please email You can also visit their website to learn more.

  • The Yonge Street Mission Evergreen Health Centre, located in Toronto, provides low-barrier access, compassionate and non-judgmental health services for homeless and street-involved youth ages 16-24, and their children. For more information, contact or visit this page.

If you know of other volunteer opportunities to provide access to oral health care in Ontario, please email