The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) has received substantial one-time funding to support capital and infrastructure improvements for the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.
The $818,700 will allow for the purchase of a new mobile dental clinic and upgrades to three existing dental facilities.
This funding will allow NWHU to partner with and support private practice dentists in the area, many of whom have indicated they will see eligible seniors.
“The health unit is thrilled to receive this funding. Our dental team will help low income seniors find out if they qualify for the program, and then help them to receive much needed dental care” says Dawn Sauvé, Manager of Dental Health at NWHU.
Seniors who want to know if they qualify for the program can contact their local health unit office.
To qualify individuals need to be:
• An Ontario resident aged 65 or over,
• Have no other dental benefits,
• An individual net income of less than $19,300 or
• For couples, a combined income of $32,300 or less.
Marilyn Herbacz, Chief Executive Officer of NWHU says the health unit is grateful for the Ministry’s support in improving the health of local seniors, “NWHU would like to thank the Hon. Christine Elliott and Dr. David Williams for this funding and also to the Hon. Greg Rickford who has been a huge supporter of this program”.