When you first move to Ontario, there is a 3-month waiting period to be eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). OHIP does not pay for your medical services during the waiting period; however, you can buy private health insurance to help cover the costs of medical services during that time. Private insurance is also an option to help pay for other medical services OHIP does not cover.
Some of the services offered at Community Health Centres (CHCs) are available without OHIP coverage. For more information about Community Health Centres in Simcoe County, contact one of the local Community Health Centres.
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) helps some refugees and refugee claimants with their medical costs for a short period of time after arriving in Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to learn more about the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).
If you would like to know more about Supplementary Health Insurance options in Ontario, visit Settlement.org to download the Guide to Supplementary Health Insurance in English or French.
Download the guide in English.
Download the guide: Ontario Day to Day