If you have a low income and live in Ontario, you may be able to get funding through one of the following programs:
- OW (Ontario Works)
Some people call it a welfare program run by municipalities or local city governments.
- ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program)
Some people call this program the benefits of disability ODSP is for people with severe physical or mental illness. This program is provided by Ontario’s social assistance.
- ODB (Ontario Drug Benefit Program)
Program ODB pays most prescription drugs for people over the age of 65, people living in long-term care centres, or people covered by the OW or ODSP program. To be able to take advantage of this program, you must have a valid OHIP card. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information
- TDP (Trillium Drug Program)
This program is for people who spend 4-3% or more of their net income after tax on prescription drugs. To be able to take advantage of this program, you must have a valid OHIP card and do not receive an Ontario Drug Benefit Program. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
OW and ODSP programs provide people with a limited amount of money to help them pay for needed living expenses such as food and housing. Some people can get more money to pay for special diets, medical trips.
Various documents must be shown, To use OW and ODSP, to determine if you qualify for these benefits. If you want to apply directly, contact Service Ontario and provide them with your postal code to the nearest address. Provide you with an office:
Freephone: 800-267-8097 or teletype: 800-268-7095
Toronto: 416-326-1234 or 416-325-3408
Go to Site www.ontario.ca/socialassistance and search on Ontario Works. You may be able to submit your application online.
IS THERE FREE DENTAL CARE IN ONTARIO?
The Ontario government sponsors five programs for free dental care
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan commonly known as OHIP is a health insurance plan sponsored by the Ontario government. If you are an Ontario resident, you should apply for it and get a health card and access easily using your card.
There are some health services that OHIP covers:
- visits to an emergency room
- visits to walk-in clinics
- medical tests
You should know it doesn’t include regular dental procedures therefore checkups, root canals, fillings, tooth removal, cleanings and x-rays are not included.
Dental care providers are trying to monitor COVID-19 and carefully restarting services. There are another four government-funded dental care programs started from 2020:
- (ODSP): Ontario Disability Support Program: free dental care for adults that are disabled
- (HSO): Healthy Smiles Ontario: free dental care for kids
- (OSDCP): Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program: free dental care for seniors in Ontario
- (OW): Ontario Works: free dental care
WHAT IS ODSP IN ONTARIO?
Really ” what is ODSP in Ontario? ”
ODSP (the Ontario Disability Support Program)is the Ministry of Community and Ontario’s social assistance programs that is provided by the government to this type of people and their families:
- financially eligible
- Ontario residents
- over the age of 18
- who has a physical or mental health problem, that substantial disability expected to last one year or longer, that substantially limits the ability to work, look after or carry out daily activities or who are in financial need and their families.
If you receive Ontario Works and you have a physical or mental health disability, you can apply for ODSP. This ODSP application, called ‘DDP’ (Disability Determination Package).
HOW MUCH DO YOU GET ON ODSP IN ONTARIO?
If there is a couple that both of them have a disability and eligible for ODSP, they get $1.971 per month and $825 is the board allowance for a single person that receive lodging from the same place and $1230 for both of them.
DOES OHIP COVER DENTAL SERVICES?
Generally, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan does not include dental services. It may include some dental surgery which is done in the hospital.
Like many people, you may have a dental plan through your job manager.
At first you must know the difference between a dental plan and a treatment plan:
- A dental plan is a process that helps you pay for your dental treatment. Job managers provide health and dental benefits for you for some various reasons such as high level of wellness.
Dental plans can offer employees to pay for dental services such as teeth and gums cleaning, x-rays, cavity fillings and wisdom teeth removal. You can get a specific plan from an insurance company, if you do not have an insurance plan.
- A treatment plan is the personal plan which your dentist will choose to meet your oral health requirements. It could help you to maintain your oral health at the highest level. The plan also should not be limited by what a dental plan will cover.
Your dentist can assist you to calculate the total expenses which will be covered before you start the process. He also is responsible to treating you and not the dental plan you requested.
Most plans do not include the full cost of process and some of them will cover only the dental services which is mentioned on a list and provided by the job manager. So, you can usually refer to any dentist you like.
If you are getting the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you will have dental coverage.
HOW MUCH DOES A DENTIST VISIT COST IN CANADA?
Many people worry about the cost of dental procedures because dental visits can sometimes be quite expensive especially if your insurance doesn’t cover dental expenses. Everything gets worse when these costs happen unexpectedly, so we listed some common dental procedures and the cost that you can expect.
(The numbers are in Canadian dollars)
Child Dental Exam: $67
Adult Dental Exam: $133
Tooth Extraction: (starts from) $136
Small Tooth Filling: $80 (Silver Filling), or $200 (White Filling)
Large Tooth Filling: $325
Dental Bonding: $450
Root Canal: $800
Dental Crown: $1425 (Gold) or $1625 (Porcelain)
Veneer: $1, 750
Invisalign Braces: $7, 249
It should be mentioned that each province has its fee guide and dental offices usually align their fees with the guide. The Ontario Dental Association puts together the fees for the fee guide.
HOW DO I CONTACT ODSP?
During the covid 19 pandemic ODSP office opens at 8:30 am – 5 pm from Monday to Friday. you can contact ODSP on social media such as youtube, Twitter and Facebook and follow them. phone number: 613-432-4886