The Government of Ontario is introducing free prescription drug coverage for youth 24 and under in province.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa released the 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario today, and made the announcement to launch OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.
The new drug benefit program fully covers the cost of prescription medications for everyone aged 24 and under, regardless of family income, according to a media release.
“This program — the first of its kind in Canada — will ensure that young adults have access to universal drug coverage and parents never have to choose between paying for their children’s prescription drugs and providing other essentials,” states the province.
The free prescription drugs would be covered beginning January 1, 2018.
The announcement comes as Ontario introduces its first balanced budget since the global recession.