Free dental care for low-income seniors to be announced in budget


TORONTO — The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario will be announcing free dental care for low-income seniors in Thursday’s budget.

Senior government sources say anyone 65 and over in the province making under $19,300 — or $32,300 for couples — would qualify.

The service could be accessed through public health units, community health centres and aboriginal health access centres, with the potential for mobile dental units in the future.

One of the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the budget item, said preventable dental issues lead to more than 60,000 emergency visits per year, a “significant portion” of which are by seniors.

The program will cost nearly $100 million per year.

The Progressive Conservatives promised free dental care for low-income seniors in their election platform last year.


  1. And when we are old, we will appreciate this too. I think after paying taxes for 50 plus years, unemployment insurance, house insurance, car insurance, life insurance and any of these other stupid things, and you never use them, a couple thousand back to be able to smile and chew your food ain’t so bad.

  2. It is the first step in the right direction for our dental care in Ontario. Dental fees are not covered by the Ontario healthcare system, as if the mouth is not a part of the body. Dentists’ fees are outrageously expensive. An increase in the number of dentists would create competition and reduce the cost of dental service substantially. The government then can hire dentists on salary and integrate the dental care for all Ontario residents with our healthcare system, absorbing cost by increasing yearly taxpayer contribution.

  3. It doesn’t need to be free it just needs to be affordable.
    The gouging by dentists is sickening and it needs to stop.
    I don’t know how the insurance companies let them get away with it and if you pay cash you are lucky to get 10% off which is not much off of a $1500.00 bill, and half an hour in the chair will get you one of those.
    If they make it free we will suffer in other ways.

  4. Ok, let’s think for a moment here. Most Seniors teeth aren’t in that good of shape. After all, they are old teeth, and if not, they don’t have many teeth. Dentures aren’t affordable for most Seniors. So they end up gumming their food until they die. Not a good way to chew food tbh, and this is a brilliant idea for them. Let’s not destroy it. Seniors deserve to be taken care of!

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