The Ontario government does not directly grant funds to individuals for private dental work. However, various programs supported by the province allow you to receive dental treatment at low or no cost, such as through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. Grants are also available to fund dental programs that benefit the entire community, such as through the Healthy Communities Fund (HCF).
The Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) in Ontario provides funding to community partnerships that administer programs benefiting the health and well-being of the community. Through its Grants Project Stream, eligible projects can receive up to two years of grant funding. HCF's Resource Stream also provides training and support to advance health promotion throughout Ontario. This program works with public health units, community health centers, dentists and hygienists to offer services for low-income Ontarians.
Assistance for Children
The Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) program provides emergency dental services to low-income Ontario children up to age 18. The program also assists with out-of-hospital anesthetic coverage for children ages five to 17. To be eligible, children cannot have health insurance or social assistance. If approved, your child can receive reduced treatment at a local public health department.
Healthy Smiles is a no-cost, government dental program available to children ages 17 and under who do not have dental insurance. To qualify, your household must have an adjusted family net income of CAN$20,000 a year or less. The program offers kids routine, preventative and restorative dental services, including checkups, cleaning, fillings, X-rays, scaling and more.
Assistance for the Disabled
Residents receiving payments through the Ontario Disability Support Program may be eligible to receive dental coverage for themselves and family members. Basic dental services are provided to the recipient, spouse and children under 18 years of age. If you were prescribed medication due to your disability and it affected your oral heath, additional services may be offered.
Assistance for Adults
Adult Ontario Works recipients may be eligible to receive limited dental benefits in emergency situations. The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program also allows recipients to receive preventative and treatment services. Contact the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry to find a dentist near you who can provide reduced or free dental services to those receiving public assistance.
- Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services: Dental Coverage
- Ontatio Newsroom: Giving Kids Healthy Smiles
- Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport: Grants Project Stream
- Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport: Healthy Communities
- Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry: Financial Information
Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.