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7B.7. Oxygen


Ontario Works Effective Date: July 1, 2009
Topic: Benefits/Discretionary Benefits Replaces: November 1, 2004
Subject: Oxygen Policy No. H.7B.7.



Authority OW Directives: Dir. 7.1 

Oxygen is not an item of Discretionary Benefits; however, if oxygen is a vital and medical necessity, participants can qualify for 100% coverage through the Home Oxygen Program. The participant must meet the needs testing of the program and must have a doctor’s prescription to qualify.


The participant has their doctor and vendor complete a Home Oxygen Program application form. If your doctor does not already have copies of this form, he or she can contact the program at:

Client Inquiries

Toll-Free: 1-800-268-6021
TDD/TTY: 1-800-387-5559 

General Inquiries

TTY: 1-416-327-4282 

Home Oxygen Program Assistive Devices Branch

7th Floor, 5700 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2M 4K5 

The following are not covered through this program.  Those who:

  • are in a chronic or acute care hospital, or
  • need oxygen because of a work-related injury (contact the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, formerly Compensation Board) or
  • qualify for Department of Veteran Affairs Group A benefits, or
  • do not meet the medical criteria.