Ontario Health Plan


In Ontario, publicly funded health coverage is organised through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Who Qualifies for OHIP?

You must meet all of the minimum qualifications listed below plus at least one of the additional requirements.

To meet the minimum qualifications you must

  • be physically in Ontario for 153 days in any 12‑month period
  • be physically in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately after you began living in the province
  • Make Ontario your primary home

You must also meet at least one of the following additional requirements. You...

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are an Indigenous person (registered under the federal Indian Act)
  • are a permanent resident (formerly called a “landed immigrant”)
  • have applied for permanent residence, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has confirmed that:
    • you meet the eligibility requirements to apply
    • you have not yet been denied
    • are in Ontario on a valid work permit and are working full-time in Ontario, for an Ontario employer, for at least six months
    • are in Ontario on a valid work permit under the federal Live-in Caregiver Program
    • are a convention refugee or other protected person (as defined by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
    • have a Temporary Resident Permit (only certain case types, e.g. 86 through 95)
    • are a clergy member who can legally stay in Canada and is ministering full time in Ontario for at least six months
    • your spouse and any dependents also qualify if you do

Some employers offer extended health benefits to help employees pay for dental, vision, and other services (such as physiotherapy, chiropractor etc.) not already covered by OHIP.

Service Ontario

Service Ontario is used for the following services (and many others – see website)
  • Apply for an Ontario health card
  • Change your address
  • Change your name
  • Marriage certificate
  • Newborn baby registration
  •  Register a vehicle
  • Apply for a driver's licence
  • Hunting licence
  • Fishing licence
  • Buy or sell a used vehicle
  • Renew a licence plate sticker
  • Search, register and renew business names

Service Ontario Deep River 23 Champlain Street, Deep River (613) 584-2923

Service Ontario Petawawa14 Ypres Blvd, Petawawa (800) 267-8097

Service Ontario Pembroke 400 Pembroke Street, East Pembroke (416) 326-1234 

Service Ontario Renfrew 316 Plaunt St S, Renfrew +1 800-267-8097

Service Ontario Arnprior 100 Madawaska Blvd, Arnprior (613) 623-7025