Amanda Turkiewicz

Trillium Drug Program


Jump to "Trillium & Me", "Private Insurance Numbers" and "Q&A" sections.

Update (September 16, 2017): An updated Deductible Calculator is now posted.

Update (March 20, 2017): Our updated Deductible Calculator Tool is now posted. The calculator on the Ocean platform, hosted by CognisantMD will no longer be available.

Update (March 16, 2017): There have been several changes: the cost and assistance for some medications on this calculator require updating. Please check back soon for our updated Deductible Calculator Tool.  The calculator on the Ocean platform, hosted by CognisantMD is no longer up to date, and will be unavailable at this time.

Update (September 18, 2013): The price for Cyklokapron has been updated on the calculator. Our apologies for the confusion and inconvenience.


Quick link to the Deductible Calculator Tool click here or on the image below. (An .xls excel file with the Trillium Drug Benefits Calculator will automatically download to your browser. Click on this downloaded file to view the file.)

Calculator Screenshot

Note: This tool shows the deductible as the quarterly amount (every 3 months), the deductible amount you will see when you receive a letter from Trillium will show your annual amount (for the whole year).

If you are already part of the Trillium drug program, frequently asked questions about enrolment dates, renewals and the Trillium calendar and can be found at the bottom of the page. (See questions 9-12 in the Q&A section.)


The Trillium Drug Program (TDP) helps people who have high drug costs and is available to all residents of Ontario with valid Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) regardless of their income level. Individuals or families can apply to the Trillium Drug Program if the CF Drug Plan or private insurance does not cover 100% of their prescription drug costs and if they are not eligible for drug coverage under the ODB Program. The program has a deductible that is based on income and family size.

For more information, you can also visit the Ministry of Health website. The Trillium Drug Program Application Form and Guide are available at local pharmacies, online, or by calling 416-642-3038 or 1-800-575-5386 (toll free). 

For more information about the program see the "Trillium & Me" and "Q&A" sections below.

Trillium & Me

Some of the CF medication you may need can cost a lot of money. Depending on your financial circumstances, that can limit your access to standard of care drugs. Often, in order for you to be granted access to a drug or to be assessed for lung transplant, some form of drug insurance is required or sometimes, specifically Trillium.

Trillium is a program run by the Ontario Government to help cover drug costs for you and your family. The program is set up very similarly to an insurance program. When you need to use if, you and your household would pay for your medication up to your deductible amount before Trillium can kick in to cover the rest of your drug costs.

Much like how you save money away for education or similar to the money you pay for car insurance, this can be a proactive measure you can take for your health. If you suddenly find that you have lost your job or that something has happened, having Trillium can be a good safety net.

To determine if you are eligible for Trillium click here. (An .xls excel file with the Trillium Drug Benefits Calculator will automatically download to your browser. Click on this downloaded file to view the file.) This workbook will help you estimate your deductible, your drug costs and how much money Trillium can help you save for every three months.

See the Q&A's below for more specific information. 

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1. Why should I apply for Trillium and how does it benefit me?

2. What qualifies me for Trillium?

3. How does Trillium work?

4. What is a household?

5. What is a deductible?

6. How is the deductible paid for?

7. What information do I need to provide in order to apply?

8. Do I need to include the Universal Child Care Benefit amount?

9. I have Trillium, now what?

10. How does the timeframe work?

11. How do I choose my start date?

12. Do I need to send new income information or reapply every year?

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