What is the 3-month waiting period for OHIP?

You cannot get Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage right away. You have to wait for 3 months after you arrive in Ontario.

You can apply for OHIP as soon as you have the documents you need. But you will not get a Health Card and your coverage will not start until you become eligible (after 3 months).

According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, when you apply, staff will look at your documents to figure out when the 3-month waiting period starts.

You must also be physically present in Ontario for 153 days of the first 183 days after the day you apply for OHIP.

How can I pay for health services during my first 3 months in Ontario, or if I don't have OHIP?

There are a few exceptions to the 3-month waiting period. For example, convention refugees and babies born in Ontario do not have to wait 3 months to get OHIP coverage.

Many community agencies can help answer your questions about OHIP. To find help in your area, go to Services Near Me.

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Last updated: September 10, 2015 4001244