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OHIP: 3 Month Waiting 

Sam81
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Posted On: 10/4/2017
Sam81
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Hello,

I have a PR since 2015 but never lived in Ontario and was out of country, and of course never had OHIP. now that am planning to move permanently with the family, Would it be possible to apply for OHIP before moving, in a short visit? in other words passing the waiting period outside Ontario?

Thanks
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Posted On: 10/7/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

You can find the details regarding eligibility in our Settlement.Org Who is eligible for OHIP? article.

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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pplupo
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Posted On: 11/13/2017
pplupo
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I don't want to hijack the thread but my question is so close to this one that I find appropriate to post it here. The link you sent and also the OHIP site talk about 5 months of waiting period.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-ohip-and-get-health-card

EVERYONE I've talked about it says it's 3 months only.

So, what am I not getting? Did it change very recently? Maybe it's shorter for PRs?

Thank you.
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Posted On: 11/14/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that this would seem confusing or contradictory.

According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website,


  • Leaving Ontario for more than 30 days in the first six months immediately after establishing residence in Ontario will impact your OHIP coverage and affect the start date of your three-month waiting period.
  • It can result in a new three-month waiting period being applied as most new and returning residents to Ontario are required to be physically present in Ontario for 153 days in the first 183 days after residence is established in Ontario in order to maintain OHIP coverage.
  • The requirement to be physically present in Ontario for 153 days in the first 183 days after residence is established in Ontario only applies to new or returning residents:
    • Who move to Ontario from another country or
    • Who move to Ontario from another province/territory where they were not covered by the health insurance of that province/territory




If you have any additional questions or concerns, you may want to contact ServiceOntario directly:

Call ServiceOntario, INFOline at:

1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm

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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