Ontario Preparing to Expand Health and Benefits Coverage

Our government is seeking public feedback as it moves forward with plans to expand benefits like health, dental, prescription drug and vision care to more millions of workers who need coverage.

Most workers in Ontario with full-time, permanent jobs have medical insurance and dental coverage. However, fewer than a quarter of people who work part-time or in precarious jobs have similar benefits, which means these workers and their families, often have to make difficult choices between their health and other necessities like food and shelter.

Our government believes more workers in Ontario should have access to benefits like health and dental plans.

Expanding these protections gives workers the confidence they need to provide for their families and build stronger communities for us all.

Have your say! Results from an online public survey will inform the design and implementation of a benefits plan that would make Ontario the first province in Canada to cover millions of precarious workers in sectors such as retail, the gig economy and hospitality.

Public feedback is open until December 16th and will help determine the panel’s recommendations, expected in Summer 2023. :https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1002323/ontario-preparing-to-expand-health-and-benefits-coverage