Employment and Social Services may help with funding various services and supplies even if you are not receiving social assistance. If you are receiving social assistance visit Benefits and Supports.
Toronto Public Health provides dental care for eligible children, high school students and seniors. You do not have to be receiving social assistance to be eligible for this help. For details about available services, eligibility and clinic locations contact Toronto Public Health at
If you are 18 years or older, are not receiving social assistance and require emergency dental work, you may be eligible for emergency dental treatment through Employment and Social Services. For more information see Help with medical costs.
Employment and Social Services helps city residents with energy-related emergencies such as disconnections due to late payment of bills.
You can apply for the Emergency Energy Fund if you are the utility account holder and:
- have received a disconnection notice from your energy company, or
- have already been disconnected, and
- do not have enough money to pay the arrears.
The fund may be able to help with paying late bills, security deposits and reconnection costs. Arrears can be for gas, hydro, oil and other forms of heating.
To apply for the Emergency Energy Fund, call 416-338-3332. You will be asked about your income and assets and, if you appear to be eligible for help with your bills, you will need to attend an in-person interview. If you are eligible, Employment and Social Services will make any payments directly to your energy provider.
Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas Distribution also help with gas and hydro arrears through the Winter Warmth Fund. For more information, call 2-1-1 or Neighbourhood Information Post at 416-924-5491.
Help with medical costs
Employment and Social Services may be able to help Toronto residents who cannot afford to pay for certain medical costs. If you are not receiving social assistance benefits, you must first apply for help and have your eligibility assessed by calling 416-397-0330. It is important that you call to apply before paying for your medical items, as you cannot be reimbursed for these items if you have already paid for them.
You will need to have a prescription and a cost estimate for the item(s) you need. In many cases, you must first apply for help from the Assistive Devices Program.
The Assistive Devices Program
This is a Ministry of Health and Long-term Care program that helps people with long-term physical disabilities. To find out more, call 416-327-8804 or (toll-free) 1-800-268-6021
To apply, you will need to provide certain documents. These can include a copy of your prescription from a health professional and a cost estimate for the item you need. The Ministry of Health website has the appropriate forms and applications.
The Assistive Devices Program often covers at least some of the costs of the health-related item(s) that you need.