What documents do I need to apply for my child's Health Card (OHIP)?

The documents you will need to show depend on when you apply for your child's Health Card.

If your child is eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) but was not born in an Ontario hospital or at an Ontario home attended by a registered midwife, you must apply for your child's Health Card (OHIP) at your local Service Ontario OHIP Office

Within 90 Days of Your Child’s Birth

If you are applying for your child's Health Card (OHIP) within 90 days of their birth, you must bring:

  • Proof of your child's birth in Ontario. You can bring one of these two documents:
    • Letter from the birthing facility or attending physician confirming the child’s name, date and place of birth, and parents’ names.
    • Certified Statement of Live Birth from a Canadian province or territory.
  • Proof of residency in Ontario.
  • A completed application form.
  • Your identity document.

More than 90 Days After Your Child’s Birth

If you are applying for your child's Health Card (OHIP) more than 90 days after their birth, you must bring:

  • Proof of your child’s Canadian citizenship.
  • Proof of residency in Ontario.
  • A completed application form.
  • Your identity document.

For information on what documents qualify as proof of citizenship, residency or identity documents, see What documents do I need to apply for a Health Card (OHIP)?

It is important to note that you must bring original documents. You cannot use photocopies.

If your child needs medical care before you receive the OHIP card, you can present the tear-off portion of the Infant Registration Form to show that your child is eligible for coverage. If you do not have this record, you will have to pay, but your health care provider can reimburse you once you receive your child's OHIP card.

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Last updated: December 20, 2016 4001632