Ontario Health Insurance Plan

New to Ontario?

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan, called OHIP, is a publicly-funded healthcare system. It covers the cost of many basic health services for residents of Ontario.

Ontario residents are eligible for coverage. Generally, you must :

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or among one of the newcomer to Canada groups who are eligible for OHIP as set out in Ontario’s Health Insurance Act ; and
  • be physically present in Ontario for 153 days in any 12-month period; and
  • be physically present in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately after establishing residency in the province; and
  • make your primary place of residence in Ontario.

OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Ontario.

To apply for OHIP coverage you must go in person to a ServiceOntario centre. Find a ServiceOntario centre near you

  • Complete the Registration for Ontario Health Coverage Form
  • Submit it with the necessary original documents, photocopies are not accepted:
    • Proof of Citizenship or OHIP-Eligible Immigration Status
    • Proof of Residency in Ontario
    • Support of Identity

View the Ontario Health Insurance Coverage Document List for acceptable ID documents when applying for Ontario health coverage.

Other OHIP Forms: Health Card renewal, Change of Address, Organ and Tissue Donor Registration 

Service Ontario offices in Hamilton

 

Hamilton Central

 

119 King Street West, 4th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y7

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm

50 Dundurn Street South
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4W3

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm

Hamilton South

1400 Upper James Street, Unit 11
Hamilton Ontario L9B 1K2

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday, 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Hamilton East

163 Centennial Parkway South
Hamilton, Ontario L8E 1H8

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday, 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 7 pm
Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm

Dundas
17 King Street East, Unit 101
Dundas, Ontario L9H 1B7

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday, 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday, 9 am to 7 pm
Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm