Get information that is essential for all newcomers to Canada


Toronto has a one of the highest standards in the world for health care and medical services. The city benefits from an extensive medical community, world-class medical institutions and research facilities.

Toronto residents are eligible for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), which is a provincially funded medical plan that provides free, essential hospital and medical care to all Ontario residents.

Applying for the OHIP card should be one of your first tasks after arrival, as it can take up to three months from the date you applied to receive coverage. In the meantime, consider buying travel insurance that includes health coverage from a private company, especially if you have young children.

See here for a list of Toronto hospitals and here for health care options in Ontario.