As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, some of TBDHU’s programs and services will continue while others have been suspended or altered. Note there may also be some delays in the services provided.
Visitors to the Health Unit offices must be by appointment only.…
Attention all Seniors eligible for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program dental providers are temporarily closed for the safety of staff and clients. In the event of an emergency please call the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s Seniors Dental Care program and we will provide guidance over the phone. We are still available to answer questions and assist with application to the program. We’ll try to do this over the phone first so please call (807) 625-5900 before you attend the office for your safety and those of staff. We look forward to seeing you when we are up and running.
Seniors will need to qualify for this program. Ontario residents are eligible for the OSDCP if they:
Are an Ontario resident aged 65 and over
Have a net income of $19,300 or less for a single person, or
Have a combined net income of $32,300 or less for a couple (only the applicant must be 65 years or older)
Have no other dental benefits (e.g. private insurance or other government program)
Dental services covered under this program will include the following:
Preventive services (e.g., cleanings)
Restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities (e.g., crowns)
Oral surgery services to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
Endodontic services to treat infection and pain (e.g., root canals)
Periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases.
Prosthodontic services, including dentures, will also be covered to a certain extent under the OSDCP.
A senior’s income will be verified using their Social Insurance Number (SIN) that they will provide when they apply to the program. A SIN will be used to verify a senior’s annual net income from their tax return.
You can apply to the program online or by mail. Hard copies of the application can be pick up at both the main office and district offices. If requested, TBDHU can assist in filling out and mailing the completed application from our offices. You can also request to have an application printed and sent to your home. Please call (807) 625-5900.
If you and your spouse or common-law partner are applying to the program, you must submit two separate applications.
Before you begin the online application, you will need:
your date of birth
a valid Ontario address
your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Taxation Number (TTN)
A provincial processing centre will handle all of the completed application forms and will verify the applicant’s income. Eligible seniors will receive a welcome package and a dental card confirming their enrollment in the program. Once the dental card is received, residents in the Thunder Bay District can call the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Oral Health program at (807) 625-5900 to make an appointment.