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

On May 1, 2018, the City approved the Extended Health Benefits Program to run through Sept. 2019. 

It allows working residents who have low incomes to access:

  • Adult dental care
  • Vision care, glasses or contact lenses
  • Prescription medications (available fall 2018)

To access the funds, you must apply using the My Kingston Municipal Fee Assistance Program (MFAP) application. You must fill out an application – even if you are already receiving MFAP.   

If you are a working resident with a low income who is not supported by Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program:

  1. Review the benefit program details outlined below.
  2. Go to the My Kingston page to find out how you can apply.

About the Program

Who is eligible?

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

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 thresholds.

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

How can I apply?

You can apply beginning July 3, 2018 through the Municipal Fee Assessment Program (MFAP). Go to the My Kingston page to see how to file an MFAP application

How long does the program run?

Funds will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run through Dec. 31, 2019, as program 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.

Program Details

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 (available beginning fall 2018)

  • 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.