Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)

As of January 1, 2016, dental health financial assistance programs for children/youth 17 years and under will be combined into the new Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) Program. For more information, please visit

If you have any questions or your child has an urgent dental need, please dial 311.

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Healthy Smile Ontario Videos for Teens & Parents

Check out these fun Healthy Smiles Ontario financial assistance program videos from Halton Region to help you learn more about Healthy Smiles Ontario financial assistance program.

What is Healthy Smiles Ontario?

What services are covered?

  • Check-ups every 9 months
  • Cleanings and scaling every 9 months
  • Fillings as needed
  • X-rays
  • And more

What services are NOT covered?

  • Cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening
  • Orthodontics (braces)

Who is eligible for HSO?

What you need to apply

    Examples of Financial Information
    plus sign

  • Financial Information
    • Your Annual Goods and Services Tax (GST) Credit Entitlement Notice
    • Your annual Canada Child Tax Benefit & Ontario Child Benefit Notice
  • A Driver's Licence and Health card
    plus sign

  • Your I.D.
    (e.g., Driver's Licence or Health card)
  • A child's Health Card
  • Your Child's I.D.
    (e.g., Health card)

How to apply for HSO

  1. Make sure you have the above 3 items (What you need to apply?) ready.
  2. Call Halton Region by dialing 311. The Health Department will help you with the application process. On the call, we will:
    • Ask you some financial information
    • Set up an appointment with you and one of our staff to complete and sign the application
  3. Go to your scheduled Health Department appointment, and bring:
    • Your financial information
    • Your identification
    • Your child’s identification
  4. Wait for your HSO card . It will come in the mail 7-10 days after your Health Department appointment.

Your HSO card: how it works

  • Find a dental office in Ontario that participates in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. (Ask when you call to make an appointment.)
  • Show your HSO card to your dental office when you arrive for your appointment.
    • The card will be valid for 1 year.
    • You can use it for regular dental check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and more.
  • It will be used by your dental office to pay for the cost of your dental services covered by HSO. You will not be asked for any payment.

Help finding a dental office that participates in HSO:

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