1. What is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

    The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) is a plan that pays for a wide range of health expenses for residents of Ontario. To qualify for OHIP you must be living in Ontario and be a citizen, landed immigrant, refugee, or have status under Canada’s Indian Act.

    For newcomers to Ontario, there is normally a 3-month waiting period from the time of arrival. There are exceptions, for example: children under the age of 16 who are adopted by someone who already qualifies for OHIP; and a baby who is born in Ontario to some one who already qualifies for OHIP.

    For more information:

    • go to your nearest Service Ontario office
    • call the Service Ontario Information Line: 1-800-268-1154
    • visit the Ministry of Health website: www.health.gov.on.ca
  2. What is the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)?

    The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides essential health care services for refugee claimants, and Convention refugees. For more information:

  3. What if I do not qualify for OHIP or IFHP?

    You will have to pay for services by yourself or get private insurance. If you cannot afford these options, you should call or visit a local Community Health Centre to find out if there are free services in your community.

    In the GTA, there are several medical clinics for the uninsured. These are a few of them:

    In an emergency, go to a hospital immediately. You will not be turned away if you do not have OHIP.