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OTHER COMPANIES SAY THEY'RE DIFFERENT... WE REALLY ARE.

Our story starts in the 1950s. Founder Bill Wilkinson, a pharmacist in Windsor, saw Canadians struggling to afford the medication they needed - so he stepped up.

WE GIVE BACK

Bill’s drive to find “a better way” sparked the creation of Green Shield Canada and the country's first pre-paid health plan.

It also inspired our not-for-profit status, our mission (deliver meaningful solutions to improve health and well-being) and our focus on giving back.

OUR PURPOSE: 

TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE THEIR HEALTHIEST LIVES

Fundamental to our uniqueness is our philosophy of striving to make health care accessible to all Canadians. 

HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE: ORAL HEALTH CARE

Want to get to know a bit more about how we are making a difference in the communities where we live and work? We'll take you across Canada and put a spotlight on some of the great projects and organizations we're proud to support in the field of oral health care.

Halton Peel Dental Association: HPDA Smile Days

Halton Peel Dental Association recruited a team of 18 volunteer dentists to offer over 100 clinical hours (over four days) of free dental services in Oakville and Mississauga, Ontario.  The program reaches out to local charities to promote the program to those in the community most in need of oral health treatment, and offered navigation services during the drop-in dental session.  This dedicated team also visited 4 schools in the community and oral hygiene instruction was given to over 800 students.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver: Drop-in Dental Clinic

In partnership with UBC Dentistry EFry runs a free weekly dental drop-in clinic in New Westminster BC.  The Drop-In Centre is a low-barrier program for women and their children.  Clients are able to receive oral assessments, cleanings, oral health education and referrals for more extensive dental services. It plays an important role in helping clients to meet basic needs relating to hunger, laundry, clothing, contacting friends and family or getting support.

Calgary Health Trust: Calgary Dental Infection Program

This project involves giving a voucher to intravenous (IV) antibiotic patients with dental infections who get treatment at all four Calgary hospitals.  Approximately 5% of patients visiting IV antibiotic clinics are treated because they are suffering from dental infections.  This voucher offers a free visit to the Dental Public Health Clinic to remove the source of their dental infection and reduce the rate of recurrence.  Once in the dental clinic, patients get connected to a variety of social and health resources from smoking cessation programs to healthy food initiatives. 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S ALWAYS ON OUR MIND.

At GSC, CSR is in our DNA. We think about economic, social and environmental factors in everything we do. It’s all about enhancing the common good.