Dental Care Services for Syrian Refugees

Summary of Dental Care Services for Syrian Refugees

What types of services are available to Syrian refugees under Federal Health Insurance?

Are dental services covered under the Provincial Insurance Plan?

  • Dental services are not covered under the Provincial health insurance plan (OHIP). Provincial financial assistance for dental services is limited primarily to children and youth 17 years of age and younger. Generally speaking, adults in Ontario are expected to pay for their own dental care.
  • However, Syrian refugees are eligible to apply for Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO). HSO is a free provincial dental program for eligible children and youth 17 years and under who reside in Ontario.
    • Children and youth under 17 years of age that are members of a household that meets
      the income eligibility requirements.
    • The services covered by the program include:

      – Regular visits to a licenced dental provider, such as a dentist or dental hygienist.
      – Dental services including check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, and scaling
      – Urgent or emergency oral health issues

What is the process for applying to HSO?

  • To enrol, Syrian newcomers should go to a Service Ontario office or visit for more information on eligibility criteria and to obtain a paper application form.
    • The application must include a personal declaration from the applicant that their household income meets the eligibility requirements. To support this application, a Guarantor (one per household) is required.
    • A Guarantor must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age and can confirm identity, age, and Ontario residency of the person applying and (if applicable) their spouse/common law partner.
    • For a list of acceptable guarantors, please visit:
    • The application must be completed, signed, and mailed to the address specified on the form.
    • A successful applicant will receive a Healthy Smiles Ontario welcome package and dental card. The dental card must be presented to a dental provider who participates in the HSO program.
  • A successful applicant is eligible for HSO services for up to one benefit year and will have to re-apply to the Program for each subsequent benefit year.


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