Health insurance or how to get a Health Card

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers many of the health care services that you may need. Ukrainians who come to Ontario with a Canada-Ukraine Emergency Travel Permit (CUAET) are eligible for coverage under OHIP.

OHIP is Ontario’s health care plan. Through OHIP, the province pays for many of the health care services you may need. You need to apply, and once approved, you will receive an Ontario Health Card. Your health card proves that you are covered by OHIP, so you will need to show it every time you see your doctor, go to the emergency room, have a medical test or go into surgery.

OHIP covers many health care services you may need, such as

  • making an appointment with your family doctor
  • visits to outpatient clinics and certain other health care providers
  • emergency room visits
  • medical tests and surgeries
  • there is no waiting period for OHIP.

You do not need to wait to be physically present during the days listed above before applying.

You can apply for insurance as soon as you arrive in Ontario.

Apply for OHIP and get your health card
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for many of the health services you may need. Here’s how to apply for OHIP and get your health card.

How to apply
You must apply for OHIP in person at a ServiceOntario centre

For those who live in the Niagara region, you can apply at

St. Paul and Carlisle (St. Catharines)
301 St. Paul Street, Ground Floor

St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7R4



8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.







Closed for holiday


8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You will need to bring the following documents with you:

A completed Ontario Health Insurance Enrollment Form (you will be given one on site) or download, fill out and print it.
three separate forms of identification (photocopies will not be accepted)
an original document that proves your OHIP immigration status (this is a work permit Work permit, or a study permit Study permit)
a document that confirms your residence in Ontario (this can be a VOID CHECK from the bank)
one original document proving your identity (passport with a visa)
After that, you will be issued an application and a photo will be taken.

You will receive a paper with temporary insurance, which will take effect immediately.

The plastic card will be sent to you within 21 days.

We wish you to stay well and have a nice day!

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