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AOHC welcomes the Ontario government's announcement of the new Ontario Temporary Health Program which will ensure refugee claimants have access to essential and urgent health care.

The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) is the voice of community-governed primary health care in Ontario. We share the government’s commitment for a fairer society where every person has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential for health and wellbeing. Our vision is the best possible health and wellbeing for everyone living in Ontario. We know that reducing and eradicating poverty is essential to achieve this vision.

Recommendations and next steps:

AOHC has a mixed review for the report released last week by Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh, heads of The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance, called Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario.

The Ontario government has set up an Advisory Panel to recommend approaches for determining future increases to the minimum wage.  The Panel will report back to government in January 2014.

Access to affordable oral health care is a priority issue for AOHC.

Read the results of AOHC’s 2013 oral health survey  in this report by  Nancy LaPlante. 

Highlights of the report:

AOHC research has found that across Ontario in 2012 there were almost 58,000 visits to hospital Emergency Rooms for oral health problems.

Supervised Injection Services (SIS) aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs by offering them safer and more hygienic alternatives.

New investments in Community Health Centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres will yield high returns.

On this National Day of Action for Refugee Health, the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) appeals to the Federal Government to reinstate the refugee healthcare coverage provided by the Interim Federal Health program.