How to renew your Ontario health card (OHIP)


Keeping your Ontario health card up-to-date is important, so please take good care of it.

Whenever you access medical services in Ontario, you will need to present a valid OHIP card. You will have to go to a ServiceOntario centre to renew your OHIP card 2-3 months before it expires.

What do you need to renew your OHIP card?

  • your current OHIP card
  • the renewal reminder you got in the mail (don’t forget to fill up the Health Card Renewal Form, which can be found in the back of the reminder)
  • if you didn’t get the reminder (or lost it), you can download the form here and print it out).
  • personal IDs (list of acceptable identification found here)
  • if you recently changed status in Canada (just became a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen, for example), please bring the pertinent document from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC
  • if you recently got married, bring your marriage certificate showing your married name

How much does it cost to renew my OHIP card?

Nothing, renewing an Ontario health card is free. Do take note that your new OHIP card will arrive in the mail in 4 to 6 weeks.

Don’t forget to check out more articles like Canada’s Job Bank and Are you ready to immigrate to Canada.

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