Filling the Gap Dental Outreach is a new non-profit organization that uses existing community dental clinics in locations across the city to provide low cost dental treatment to low income adults. Dentists and hygienists at all stages of their careers can benefit from the experience of volunteering with Filling the Gap Dental Outreach.
To provide low cost urgent dental care to low income uninsured adults in Toronto.
Filling an Ever-Widening
Gap in the Aftermath
The COVID-19 outbreak in Canada has put a
spotlight on economic inequalities that leave
vulnerable communities to bear the economic
brunt of the crisis. Thousands of low-income
Torontonians are facing devastating job and wage
losses, and the inability to pay essential bills. Many
workers who previously had full-time contracts along
with a benefits plan have lost valuable working hours
and been moved to part-time status, thus losing their
employee benefits. This has exacerbated a problem that
had existed long before the outbreak of COVID-19
According to the Metcalf Foundation, in 2016 there
were almost 170,000 working poor individuals in the
Toronto CMA. This figure has been increasing steadily,
rising exponentially during the past few months due
to the coronavirus pandemic. A recent report from the
Wellesley Institute states that 45 per cent of Ontarians
earning $30,000 or less annually have no employerprovided health benefits and can’t afford to visit a dentist, even for emergency care. These members of our
community are falling between the cracks.