Private Health Insurance
The First 90 Days
OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Ontario. The ministry strongly recommends that you purchase private health insurance in case you become ill during the OHIP waiting period. You must buy this insurance within five days of arriving in Ontario or insurance companies may not provide coverage. Buy coverage for immigrating families, not for visiting or vacationing families. Contact a private insurance company or call the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. at 1-800-268-8099 to get more information.
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