How to get a Health Card in Canada

This post applies to people who reside or plan to reside in Ontario. If you want to apply for a health card in another province, please follow this link –

What is OHIP?

An Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) is something I strongly suggest you look in to if you plan on living in Ontario. It is a card that entitles you to free health care for a wide range of medical services. FREE being the operative word. Visiting a walk-in clinic in Toronto just to see a doctor will set you back $60 – $75 dollars without a valid health card and that’s before you’ve even been prescribed anything!

Who is Eligible?

To apply for health coverage you will either need to be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a temporary resident with an open work permit (like me).

What You Will Need

To get your OHIP in Toronto you will need to visit one of the Service Ontarios dotted around the city (find one near you – Upon your arrival at Service Ontario, you will be asked to show the following;

1. Proof that you have a full-time job and a letter from your emloyer stating that you have been or will be working for them full-time for a minimum of 6 months. As I am a temporary resident, the letter also had to state that I am on an open work permit. It had to be on letterhead paper with the companies address, website and phone number on it. It also had to be signed by the owner/manager.

2. You will need proof that you are getting paid. I brought in 2 pay slips, which also showed that I am paying good ol’ tax.

3. Proof of address, which can be a copy of your lease from your landlord or a bank statement that has been posted to your Ontario address.

4. You will need your passport and open work permit, if this is relevant for you.

I am so glad I got my health card as I have PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and to see a specialist without a health card it would have cost me altogether $528 (doctor & hospital fees) but because I have a health card, it is costing me $0!!!! One of the best bargains of my life!

health card

For more info, check out this page –


2 responses to “How to get a Health Card in Canada

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