Publicly Funded Oral Health Programs


There are several publicly funded oral health programs available for individuals who require assistance to access services.

Click on the tabs below for an overview of federal and provincial programs.

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a provincial dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.Children are eligible for HSO if their parents are on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. 

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) provides support for people with disabilities in Ontario. In most cases, ODSP recipients are eligible for a number of preventative, routine and emergency care services.  

The Ontario Works program (OW) provides temporary financial assistance to eligible people in Ontario. Coverage for oral health care differs depending on location. 

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) provides routine dental care and some additional (pre-authorized) care for Canadian Armed Forces veterans.

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) provides routine dental care and free dental services to seniors aged 65 and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have dental benefits either through private insurance or other government programs.

If you are accepted into the program, you can access dental services through local Public Health Units or participating Community Health Centers.  

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