How to obtain a Health Card in Ontario

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Record #: GCL1691 Last Modified: 08 Mar 2015 Last Full Update: 20 Aug 2013
Contact Information
Toll Free PhoneServiceOntario at 1-866-532-3161 * Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000
Located In CommunityOntario
Description & Services
DescriptionResidents of Ontario eligible for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage require an Ontario health card to access coverage for health care services paid for by the Ontario Health Insurance program * OHIP funds medically necessary physician services, dental services required to be performed in hospital and certain practitioner services that are therapeutically necessary.
Sup. DescriptionServiceOntario delivers health card registration services (OHIP) on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 
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For ServiceOntario locations, visit:
HoursSee ServiceOntario website for hours of individual counter locations * INFOline hours of operation: 8:30am - 5pm
Areas ServedOntario
ApplicationIndividuals who have never had an Ontario health card must apply through ServiceOntario to obtain a photo health card.  
* complete a registration for Ontario health insurance coverage form (available on ServiceOntario website) 
* provide three original documents (proof of citizenship, proof of residency, support of identity) 
* visit the nearest ServiceOntario centre in person 
**Note: If you have previously been issued an Ontario health card and are returning to Ontario, it is necessary to register your return (see
LanguagesEnglish ; French
Other Details
Legal Status(30) Provincial Government
Service CategoriesProvincial/Territorial Health Insurance