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About Ontario Health Insurance Cards

What You Need To Know About Ontario’s Health Insurance Card

You must bring your Ontario Health Insurance Card each time you visit any medical services facility where you are looking to have your treatment/examination covered by Ontario’s Health Insurance.

What You Need To Know To Ensure Your Health Card Is Valid

Residents of Ontario must have a valid health card to show that they are entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP.

The legacy’ red and white health cards which do not have a renewal date are still in circulation but are being phased out and will not be accepted as of July 1st, 2020

You can apply for a new Ontario Health Insurance Card if you are a former resident returning to live in Ontario, or if you are a new Ontario resident and meet eligibility requirements for OHIP coverage with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

You should apply for a replacement health card if you have been requested to re-register by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:

  • if your health card has been lost, stolen, or damaged,
  • if you are reporting a change of personal information,
  • or if your photo health card is due to expire.
  • What You Should Do If You Move

You should inform the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care if you change your address. It is important that the ministry has your current address for any direct communication with you.

Call the ministry INFOline at 1-800-268-1154 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In the Greater Toronto Area call 416-314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559
Hours of operation : 8:30am – 5:00pm
E-mail : infomoh@gov.on.ca

This information is based on information obtained from the Ministry website: www.health.gov.on.ca.