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Our Group of Five is expecting its sponsored refugee family soon. Can you provide information about dental care coverage for refugee families in Ontario?
 

    • Within the first two weeks, ensure that the newcomers apply for the provincial health plan (OHIP), their Social Insurance Numbers (SIN), and the Canada Child Benefit (if applicable). These critical items will help them make a smooth transition and enable them to access various benefit programs.

 

 

    • Preventative and emergency dental care is especially important for children and can be one of the first things families wish to explore. Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a free dental program for eligible children and youth 17 and under. Here is what HSO covers, who is eligible and how to apply. https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-dental-care#section-1, Once the child’s enrolment is confirmed, they will get a Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) dental card in the mail. This dental card must be presented to the dental provider at each visit to receive services under the program (e.g. dental exams, cleaning and x-rays).

 

    • Your local public health unit can also help you apply for HSO or find a dental provider. There are free emergency dental services for refugees. Note that there may be differences in the free services offered at various clinics since each dentist self-determines which dental services they provide free of charge. Sponsors should clarify up front with the dentist which services will be free.

 

 

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