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Returning Permanent Resident- OHIP rules 

Nalini
Nalini
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Posted On: 7/5/2017
Nalini
Nalini
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Hello,
I got my PR in Sept 2015. I stayed here along with my husband and kids for close to 10 months since then, and enrolled them in school in Mississauga. But due to some commitments, I had to go back to my country along with my children (in Jun 2016) and stay back there for 10 months ( But my husband has been continuing since then, working here). After 10 months, when I was back in April 2017 and visited a Service Ontario center, I was told the following:

1) Need to wait for 3 months as the cards of mine and my children are not valid now due to residency terms not met.
2) Need to submit bank statements since the day I landed for next 3 months
3) For the kids I need to provide school registration slips as a proof of residency.

Due to some commitments back home , I need to return to my country again by August 2017 end ( So it is a 4.5 month stay here as of now). I will come back permanently along with my kids in March 2018.

Now my concern:

Ideally I and my kids are eligible for OHIP from July 9th as the wait period is over on that day. But since I have a plan to go back in August can I still go and ask for OHIP for the remaining 1.5 months that I am eligible for? ( After the 3 month wait). I will return the cards before I leave but utilize them if needed in the eligible period .
Can I ask for OHIP coverage even though for now my residency is short term but since my husband is settled here, I will return. I mean is there a risk that they deny it next time when I am back? ( Any rule that OHIP can be reissued only for certain number of times for a returning PR?)

1) I did not register the kids for next academic year as they will accompany me . I am not sure if it is correct to register them just for the sake of OHIP for 1.5 months ( Is there a risk of a query next year when I am back if I fail to send them to school this year in spite of registering them). Is there any other way out for kids?
2) I have a Drivers Licence, will that suffice for Proof of Residency ( as mentioned in the list) or mailed bank statements a must?

Thanks for your time. Tried to explain my situation as best as I can. Any advice is greatly appreciated,
Nalini
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Posted On: 7/10/2017
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Hello Nalini,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us in such great detail.

We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation and would be interested in what you are eligible for.

It is difficult for us to provide a definitive response regarding your situation.

In this case it is best to contact ServiceOntario directly for a definitive response.

Please note that you do not have to provide personally identifying information in order to get some general information when contacting ServiceOntario.

We apologize for not being able to provide you a definitive response regarding this.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
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Nalini
Nalini
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Posted On: 7/19/2017
Nalini
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Moderator wrote:
Hello Nalini,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us in such great detail.

We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation and would be interested in what you are eligible for.

It is difficult for us to provide a definitive response regarding your situation.

In this case it is best to contact ServiceOntario directly for a definitive response.

Please note that you do not have to provide personally identifying information in order to get some general information when contacting ServiceOntario.

We apologize for not being able to provide you a definitive response regarding this.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Hello Anna ,
Let me first thank you for your response. Just wanted to share the update I have regarding my situation. Went to Service Ontario and applied for my health card which was given to me upon providing my driver's license as a proof of residence. They have given me a paper approval telling me that I will get the card through post but its been 10 days now, hope that much delay is OK.
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As for my kids they cannot get a card because they are not satisfying the rules for OHIP.

I have decided to drop my kids back home and come back, stay on to satisfy the 153 day requirement in both conditions of first 6 months and 12 month period .
I will have to leave the country for 3 weeks , come back , stay to complete 153 days in first 6 months. Then I will go back and return before the 12 month period is over. Hope I am safe. If you see any risk I have not considered, please advise.
Thanks again,
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Posted On: 7/24/2017
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Hello Nalini,

You are very welcome.

Thank you for updating us on your situation.

We are sorry, unfortunately, we are unable to provide a definitive response on how to proceed.

You may want to share any other doubts or concerns you may have by contacting ServiceOntario directly.


We hope everything works out for the best for you and your family.

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Anna
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merali
merali
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Posted On: 7/27/2017
merali
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Hi, My father-in-law is a Canadian citizen but has been living in the USA for 30+ yrs. We recently moved him back to Canada as he was all alone there and it made sense to be close to his family. We tried to get him to re-apply for OHIP as he still qualifies but he has not done that - he is refusing to sign form and submit. He is now becoming ill because he has refused to take his medications that he brought with him and the effects are beginning to show. We fear that we are going to require medical assistance for him very soon. He is very stubborn and is making it difficult for us to help him. My question is what happens if we have to admit him to a hospital and he does not have OHIP?
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Posted On: 7/27/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be very concerned about this situation.

You may want to try and contact the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as soon as possible to find out what his options are.

You can contact them here:

ServiceOntario
Toll free : 1-866-532-3161

In Toronto, (416) 314-5518

TTY : 1-800-387-5559


Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You may also want to look into some type of private health insurance coverage that he can have until he is eligible for OHIP.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
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Chrchr
Chrchr
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Posted On: 8/17/2017
Chrchr
Chrchr
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Hello,

I have a question about OHIP coverage and absences from Ontario. In the tax year 2016 I filed as a resident of Ontario (I am born Canadian and have a valid passport and valid health card and driver's license until 2021). Since January 7 2017 until present (August 17 2017), I have only been physically present in Ontario for about 10 days. I will be returning in November 2017 for approx 7-8 days, which will make a total of less than 20 days present in Ontario for 2017. If I return again in Feb 2018 and try to use my valid OHIP card at a clinic, will I be covered? Or do I have to wait 3 months upon my return to have coverage even though my OHIP card is still valid?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my confusing situation :)
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