Ontario Budget 2019- Niagara Dental Health Coalition Applauds Ontario’s Commitment to a Low Income Seniors Dental Program

News from the Niagara Dental Health Coalition

Posted April 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Dental Health Coalition is very pleased to see a commitment in today’s provincial budget for access to dental care for low income seniors. The Coalition has been part of an advocacy movement for several years across Ontario calling for expanded access to dental care for the two to three million Ontario residents who cannot afford care.

“We regularly receive calls and emails from Niagara residents who need dental care and can’t afford to pay, including many seniors,” says Lori Kleinsmith, Chair of the Niagara Dental Health Coalition. “In many cases, we are not able to suggest where to go for help, so this new funding for low income seniors will start to make a difference.”

The Coalition is also pleased to see that much of the new program delivery will take place in publicly funded dental clinics in Public Health Units and Community Health Centres. “Niagara region has several potential locations to set up the program and improve accessibility,” says Kleinsmith.

The Coalition does have concerns about the low income eligibility cut off set by the government. “The $19300 cut off for a single adult is about $4000 lower than Canada’s poverty line measurements,” says Kleinsmith. “There will still be many low income seniors in need of dental care who will not be able to access this new program and we hope this will be reconsidered as the program is developed.”

About the Niagara Dental Health Coalition – The Niagara Dental Health Coalition was established in 2015. The Coalition is a diverse group of stakeholders who are working to advocate and build capacity for the expansion of accessible dental health services for adults and seniors living on low incomes.

For more on the Niagara Dental Health Coalition, click on https://niagaradentalhealthcoalition.weebly.com/ .

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