If you are receiving Ontario Works, you and your family may be eligible for certain health-related benefits.
Prescription drug coverage
You and your family will receive coverage for prescription drugs that are:
Dental coverage for children
Children 17 and under will be automatically enrolled in the Healthy Smiles Ontario dental care program. Each child will receive a dental card to be shown as proof of eligibility to get dental services under the program.
You may be able to get help to pay for vision care expenses for your children, such as:
The Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) covers eye examinations for people who are:
If you are between the ages of 20-64, Ontario Works will cover the costs for routine eye exams once every 24 months.
Diabetic or surgical supplies and dressings
If you have a prescription for these items, and do not have any other coverage (e.g. from the Canadian Diabetes Association), Ontario Works may cover these costs.
Travel and transportation for medical purposes
If you need to attend appointments for medical reasons, Ontario Works may cover these costs. This includes going to medical, rehabilitation, or counselling appointments.
The Assistive Devices Program of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for 75% of the cost of an assistive device. If you do not have coverage for the remaining 25%, Ontario Works may pay for it.
Assistive devices help people with physical disabilities and can include:
Ontario Works may also help you with the cost of an assessment for an assistive device.
Extended Health Benefits
If you have high health costs and no longer qualify for financial help from Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits may be available to help you. Depending on your needs, you may be able to get help to cover the cost of items such as:
*A child or spouse who is 17 years of age or younger will continue to receive dental coverage through Healthy Smiles Ontario.
You may be eligible for these benefits if:
you were eligible for Ontario Works in the month before accessing Extended Health Benefits
you no longer qualify for financial help under Ontario Works because your income from other sources is too high
you are no longer eligible for Ontario Works because you received a payment for loss of income under the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement.
How to get these and other Ontario Works benefits
For more information and to find out what is available to you, please contact your local Ontario Works office.