Trillium Drug Plan

This plan was put in place to address expensive prescription drug costs for people who qualify for Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) and have chronic health conditions but are not covered by Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW). Trillium covers a portion — but not all — of your drug costs. It is designed to help working people afford drug coverage.

If a person needs $10,000 worth of drugs annually and earns $50,000 per year, their deductible is 4% of their household income, which equals $2,000. Trillium pays the difference of $8,000.

Trillium operates quarterly, and the deductible is spread out over the course of one year. If your annual deductible is $2,000, then your quarterly deductible will be $500.

Therefore, the individual is responsible for the first $500 per quarter, plus an additional $2 per drug dispensed. Trillium covers the rest of the drug costs for that quarter. The process begins again every three months.

Trillium applies to prescriptions filled in the province of Ontario, ONLY.

Trillium covers an extremely wide range of medications, including most HIV Medications like Truvada and Atripla, however Trillium will only cover medications listed in the formulary. Always make sure the drug you need is listed before applying.

Registering for Trillium requires that you register your entire household, regardless of whether any of those other people require drugs. A ‘household’ does not include adults who live together but are financially independent (e.g. roommates).

Make sure your health card is valid and up-to- date. Your health card is what your pharmacist will use to ensure that you are enrolled with Trillium, and that your costs are billed to the province instead of to you.

Click here for a guide to applying to the Ontario Trillium Drug Benefit Program.

Applications for trillium can be found online here.

Please note the above link can only be accessed via Internet Explorer. You must have Adobe Reader 8 installed. Using any other browser such as Microsoft Edge, will fail to load the document.

You can also apply by calling 1-800- 575-5386 or in person at a pharmacy.

On average, applications take two weeks to one month to be processed.

  •  Alex makes $50,000 after taxes
  •  His prescription drugs cost $12,000/year, or $1000/month
  •  4% of his net income is $2000
  •  Alex will pay $500 quarterly (plus an additional $2 per prescription paid to the pharmacist). Trillium pays the rest.
  •  Remember: The benefit year begins in August

1. Assess your eligibility

To be eligible for Trillium you need:

  •  To have filed taxes the previous year or are ready to submit proof of income
  •  Have OHIP coverage – a valid Ontario Health Card
  •  No drug coverage, or partial coverage

AND

  •  High drug costs

2. Calculate your deductible.

Your deductible is 4% of your net income. Click here to check out the Trillium Drug Plan Calculator to determine your deductible.

3. Fill out an application form here.

Please note the above link can only be accessed via Internet Explorer. Using any other browser such a Microsoft Edge, will fail to load the document. If you do not have Internet Explorer, we have attached a PDF version of the Ontario Trillium Drug Application on this page to help you access this form.

* Download PDF to computer and open with Adobe Reader to view/edit

Ensure that all the members of your household sign and consent to Trillium obtaining their tax records from the CRA and choose a start date that begins one day before you plan to fill your first prescription, or immediately, if you need drugs right away. Trillium will reimburse you.

4. Purchase medications from your local pharmacy as usual, once you are enrolled.

You will be responsible for ¼ of your deductible amount each quarter, plus $2 (dispensing fee) for each medication. Trillium will cover the rest. You must present your health card each time you wish for Trillium to cover medications.

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