Local seniors dental care clinics have received some financial aid from the provincial government.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced today that Ontario is providing the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Dental Clinic $230,700 for their 20-21 operating year.

“The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program will reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital and help to eliminate hallway health care, prevent chronic disease and improve the quality of life and overall well-being for eligible seniors in Nipissing,” said MPP Fedeli.

The funding is part of the $25 million provided by the Ontario government, which will be used to support 78 infrastructure projects across the province, including building new dental clinics and renovating existing facilities.

The investment includes $62,700 to the Parry Sound Mobile Dental Clinic.

The province is also adding eight new mobile dental clinics that will bring services directly to clients, making it easier for vulnerable seniors to access the dental care they need.

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program provides free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors across the province who do not have dental benefits. Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less, or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

Eligible seniors can apply to the program online, or by picking up an application form at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.