Ontario Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable During COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Government of Ontario announced it is waiving the co-payment fees on prescription drugs until July 1, 2020. 

Effective today, if you are 65 and older and using the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program you will not be required to pay any co-payment fees for any prescriptions of more than 30 days. As well, if you are an existing or new Trillium Drug Program household, you can apply for an income assessment to help reduce your financial burdens during the pandemic. 

ODB co-payment fees can range between $2 to $6.11 for prescription for low-income seniors. And a $100 yearly deductible fee applies for non-low-income seniors. 

Pharmacies are dispensing 30-days or less worth of medications to ensure there is an adequate amount of medication supply for everyone in the province during the COVID-19 crisis. The provincial government advises that you call in for your prescription refill within 10 days of your prescription ending and ask for delivery options if you don’t have a means to pick up the medication.

If you would like more information on obtaining financial assistance for high-cost prescription drugs, visit the Get Coverage for Prescription Drugs page of Ontario.ca