How do I apply for a Health Card (OHIP)?

To get a Health Card (OHIP), you have to fill out an application. You also need to collect some documents to submit with your application.

To Apply for a Health Card

Important note: You can apply as soon as you have the documents that you need. However, you will not get a Health Card until you are eligible - after the 3-month waiting period.

Find out more about who is eligible for OHIP.

Many settlement agencies can help you apply for a Health Card. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "settlement services" in your area.

For More Information

  • How to Obtain a New or Replacement Health Card - Information about how to get a new card or replace your existing card. From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • OHIP Coverage Waiting Period - Information about the 3-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage. From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Health Card Information - This page has all the information you may need about obtaining, renewing or changing your OHIP card. From Service Ontario.
Last updated: June 25, 2018 4001242