Applications for the Extended Health Benefit Program are now being accepted.  

Low income doesn't have to mean low health benefits

The Extended Health Benefits Program (EHBP) provides low-income residents, not receiving Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), in Kingston to have vision, dental, and prescription medication benefits.

It allows working residents who have low incomes to access:

  • Adult dental care
  • Vision care, glasses or contact lenses
  • Prescription medications

Funds are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The program runs through Dec. 31, 2019, as funding permits. City staff will review the program and report back to council in September 2019. See the Extended Health Benefits Program Report to Council for details.

About the Program

Are you eligible?

Working residents with low incomes who are not supported by Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program are eligible for the benefits.

To see if you are a low-income resident, go to the bottom of the My Kingston page and look at the LICO (Low Income Cut-Off) income chart.

Eligible applicants will be sent an embossed letter they can take to their dentist, optometrist or pharmacy to access the care they need (within three months). 

How to apply

Apply through the Municipal Fee Assessment Program (MFAP). Go to the My Kingston page to see how to submit an MFAP application

Program Specifics

Adult Dental Care

  • Must be 18 years or older (17 or younger are covered under the Healthy Smiles program).
  • Includes routine cleaning, emergency restorative and preventative dental and denture-care services
  • Does not include dental treatments received before your eligibility was determined.

Vision Care

  • Eye exams for those 20 to 64 years old (OHIP covers eye examinations for people under 20 and 65 or older)
  • Prescription eye glass lenses and frames or contact lenses (where appropriate) for people of all ages.

Prescription Medications

  • Prescriptions outlined in the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan for those aged 25 to 64. Must be prescribed by an approved healthcare professional and listed in the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary.
  • Under OHIP+, medications are free for all children and youth 24 years of age and younger.
  • Those who spend 3-4 per cent of their after-tax household income on prescription drugs will access the Trillium Drug Program.