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How to apply for Ontario Health Card (OHIP)?

To be eligible to apply for OHIP, you must answer “yes” to:

  • All statements in section A; and
  • At least 1 statement in section B.
Some people are not eligible for OHIP. Tourists, refugee claimants, foreign (international) students, and some foreign workers cannot apply for OHIP.

Section A

You must be able to answer “yes” to each of these statements:

Section B

You must be able to answer “yes” to at least 1 of these statements:

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  • You are a “protected person,” also called a convention refugee.
  • You are registered as an Indian under the Indian Act. (This is for aboriginal people of Canada.)
  • You applied for permanent residence and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed that you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This means that you have “approval-in-principle.”
  • You have applied for a grant of citizenship under section 5.1 of the Citizenship Act (Canada). IRCC confirmed that you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for citizenship. (This is for children adopted internationally by Canadian citizens.)

Foreign Workers and Their Families

  • You have a work permit that is valid for at least 6 months. You also have a formal agreement to work full-time for an employer in Ontario. The agreement states the employer’s name, your occupation, and states that you will be working for at least 6 consecutive months.
  • You have a valid work permit under the federal Live-In Caregiver program.
  • You hold a valid work permit under the federal Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.
  • You are a foreign clergy member who will serve a religious congregation in Ontario for at least 6 months.
  • Your spouse or same-sex partner is a foreign worker who is eligible for OHIP.
  • You are the dependent child of a foreign worker who is eligible for OHIP.

Other Temporary Residents

  • You have a Temporary Resident Permit with case type 80 (for adoption only), 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94 or 95.

You and all members of your family, including babies and children, must have your own health coverage. Each eligible person gets their own Health Card. Carry your Health Card with you. You need to show it every time you need medical services.

How to Apply for OHIP

You can apply for Ontario Health Card (OHIP) as soon as you have all the required documentation. However, there is a 3-month waiting period before you receive your card and your OHIP coverage begins.
To apply and get a Health Card (OHIP), you need to fill out an OHIP application and submit documents with your application.

  1. Get an application form Ontario central form repository or get it from your local Service Ontario Office
  2. Fill out the application.
  3. Gather all the required documents, for a compete list of documents you may refer to Service Ontario website
  4. You need to visit your local Service Ontario OHIP office and apply for OHIP in person

To apply for a Health Card; you need to present 1 document from each of the following 3 categories.

1. Proof of Citizenship

Canadian Citizens

  • Birth Certificate from a Canadian province or territory (issued under the Vital Statistics Act)
  • Canadian Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad
  • Certified Statement of Live Birth from a Canadian province or territory
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization (paper document or card, not commemorative issue)
  • Certificate of Indian Status (paper or plastic card)
  • Registered Indian Record (certified)
  • Valid Canadian Passport or a Canadian passport that has been expired for less than 5 years
  • Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document

Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants)

  • Canadian Immigration Identification Card
  • Valid Permanent Resident Card or a Permanent Resident Card that has been expired for less than 5 years
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292 or IMM5688)
  • Record of Landing (IMM1000)

Other Temporary Residents

  • Letter from Immigration and Refugee Board confirming Convention Refugee or Protected Person status
  • Protected Person Status document
  • Temporary Resident Permit (only some cases)
  • Work Permit (only some cases)
  • Written confirmation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that you are eligible to apply for permanent residence
  • Written confirmation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that you are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship
  • Verification of status (IMM 5716 or IMM 5715)

2. Proof of Residency

  • Child Tax Benefit Statement
  • Employer record (pay stub or letter from employer on company letterhead)
  • Income tax assessment (most recent)
  • Insurance policy (home, tenant, auto or life)
  • Monthly mailed bank account statements for savings or chequing accounts (does not include receipts, bank books, letters or automated teller receipts)
  • Mortgage, rental or lease agreement
  • Ontario Motor Vehicle Permit (plate or vehicle portions)
  • Property tax bill
  • School, college or university report card or transcript
  • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
  • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
  • Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS) or Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
  • Statement of Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), or Registered Home Ownership Savings Plan (RHOSP) from a financial institution (bank, trust company, credit union)
  • Utility bill received by mail (home telephone, cable TV, public utilities commission, hydro, gas, water)
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s Licence
  • Temporary Driver’s Licence (you must also show a photo license card with the same address)
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
  • Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contribution
  • Valid Ontario Photo Card

3. Support of Identity

  • Canadian Immigration Identification Card
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (plastic card)
  • Certificate of Indian Status (paper or plastic card)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292, only if signature is displayed)
  • Credit card
  • Current employee ID card or document
  • Current professional association licence
  • Old Age Security card
  • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
  • Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS) or Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
  • Statement of Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), or Registered Home Ownership Savings Plan (RHOSP) from a financial institution (bank, trust company, credit union)
  • Utility bill received by mail (home telephone, cable TV, public utilities commission, hydro, gas, water)
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s Licence
  • Temporary Driver’s Licence (you must also show a photo license card with the same address)
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
  • Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contribution
  • Valid Ontario Photo Card

Some Notes on OHIP Coverage

OHIP pays for all or part of most basic medical and emergency services. However, it does not pay for some services such as cosmetic surgery (dental or physical), dental services or chiropractic services.
And it also pays for parts of the costs of the following services:

  • Some services from your doctor, and podiatrists
  • Physiotherapy treatments
  • Dental services in hospitals
  • Eye tests
  • Travel costs: if you live in northern Ontario and must travel long distances for specialty medical care, OHIP may pay some travel costs.

Although OHIP may cover some costs when you travel outside of Ontario or Canada; the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care recommends that you get private health insurance when you travel or to pay for services not covered by OHIP

Private health insurance is another option for those services that are not covered under OHIP, for newcomers and visitors to Canada and for those who are not eligible for OHIP

To find a private health insurance company, you can use “find insurance” tool from the OmbudService for life and Insurance website.

Insurance brokers are also an alternative to insurance companies. Brokers represent several different insurance companies and can tell you about your choices.