I came to Canada as a refugee. Am I eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

If you are a convention refugee (a "protected person"), or if you have permanent resident status, you may be eligible for OHIP.

Find more information in Who is eligible for OHIP?

Convention refugees are exempt from the 3-month waiting period for OHIP.

Depending on your situation, you may also be eligible for the Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program.

For More Information

  • OHIP Eligibility -This webpage explains who is eligible to receive care under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Health Care Coverage for Syrian Refugees - A list of the health care services that are covered for Syrian refugees under the IFH program. From Lifeline Syria.
  • Refugee HealthLine - Call this line (1-866-286-4770), for free, to register for help in being connected with a health service provider who can assist with initial medical assessments and referral to other health services. This is not an emergency or crisis line.
Last updated: April 1, 2016 4001297