Mayor Tory and deputy Mayor Pam McConnell were at a dental clinic in Scarborough to provide an update on one aspect of Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy.
The pair announced that expanded emergency dental services access in all Toronto Public Heath dental clinics for low-income adults and seniors is resulting in more Ontario Works recipients availing of the service.
The new initiative saw the number of clinics offering the free service to social assistance recipients jump from five last year to 23 this year.
Toronto public health is reporting a 60% increase in patient numbers in the period between January 1st and June 30th 2016 when compared with the same period in 2015.
“By making this investment we are providing dental care to the people who need it most. This program will dramatically increase the quality of life for seniors and adults by reducing dental diseases and promoting healthy dental care,” said Mayor Tory. “Initiatives like these showcase how innovative partnerships can improve the lives of vulnerable residents in our city. This is one of the many proactive steps we are taking to move Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy forward.”
This dental care initiative is part of the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy is a 20 year plan that’s also known as Prosperity TO which is aimed at reducing inequality in the city.
“The expansion of emergency dental services for Ontario Works recipients marks an important milestone in the implementation of the Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy,” said Deputy Mayor McConnell. “I am so pleased that Toronto Employment and Social Services and Toronto Public Health have collaborated on this initiative to improve health outcomes and employment opportunities for Torontonians who are living in poverty.”