Ontario. Health Cards

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for many Ontario health services one may need. One needs to apply and, once they are approved, they will get an Ontario health card. The health card proves that one is covered by OHIP. The card needs to be shown every time one visits the doctor's office, an emergency room, has a medical test or surgery.

Hours: Telephone information service Mon-Sun 24 hours * call Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm to speak to an agent
Phone: Toll Free: 1-800-664-8988 or 1-800-267-8097
TTY: 1-800-387-5559

Eligibility

Ontario resident that have been physically living in Ontario for 153 days in any 12‑month period. * Also, one must be a Canadian citizen, an Indigenous person, permanent resident, have applied for permanent residence and have not been denied, a convention refugee or other protected person, in Ontario on a valid work permit and are working full-time in Ontario, for an Ontario employer, for at least six months, in Ontario on a valid work permit under the federal Live-in Caregiver Program, have a Temporary Resident Permit, or are a clergy member who can legally stay in Canada and is ministering full time in Ontario for at least six months (spouse and any dependents also qualify)

Application

One must apply for OHIP in person at a ServiceOntario centre. One can drop in, or book an appointment. Must bring the following documents: * A completed Registration for Ontario Health Insurance Coverage form * Three separate, original (not photocopies or printouts of electronic documents) identification documents: one that proves Canadian citizenship or OHIP-eligible immigration status (e.g. Canadian birth certificate, Permanent Resident Card), one that proves one lives in Ontario (e.g. Ontario Driver’s Licence, income tax assessment),and one that supports one's identity (e.g. credit card, passport from any country) Children under 16 years old do not need a photo or signature on their card so a parent/guardian can register for them

Fees

None

Accessibility

Fully Accessible

Languages

English

Areas Served

Ontario

Agency Type

Provincial Government