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Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) will become effective about 3 months after you move to Ontario.will become effective about 3 months after you move to Ontario. will become effective about 3 months after you move to Ontario.
It is important to make sure your family is insured during this waiting period in case you need medical attention. You should buy private health insurance within 5 days of arriving in Ontario. It is important to get this insurance right away. You may not be approved for coverage if you apply for private insurance 5 days or more after your arrival. You should buy private insurance specifically for immigrating families, not for visiting or vacationing.
Call the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. at 1-800-268-8099 for more inforamtion about private insurance. Once you have lived in Ontario for 3 months, you will be eligible for OHIP.
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)
IFHP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), provides temporary health care coverage for the non-insured populations specified below, who are either awaiting an immigration decision, or who are resettling in Canada, in order to reduce risks to public health, ensure care for these populations and assist with their successful integration into Canadian society.
Finding a family doctor is important in making sure that you and your family get proper medical attention. Health Care Connect helps people who are without a family doctor to find one.
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Dental services are not covered by the Onatrio Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) however, the Halton Region Health Department provides financial services for those who qualify.
Walk-in clinics provide health care if you are sick and do not have a family doctor or are unable to reach your family doctor.
Find a local Walk-In Clinics Near You:
Halton Region Walk-In Clinics
The region of Halton is home to several excellent hospitals.
Hospitals provide comprehensive health care and emergency services for everyone in the growing and diverse communities of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
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You may face many challenges as a newcomer to Canada. You may be far away from family and friends, face financial difficulties, have to learn a new language, find a job and adapt to a brand new culture.
Through all of this, mental health is very important. Depression, anxiety, marital and relationship issues and other mental health problems can be common amongst newcomers to Canada. These mental health issues can affect anyone of any ethnicity, religion, occupation or level of education.
If you or a family member suffers from mental illness, there are resources available to help you cope.
Canadian Mental Health Association-Halton Branch
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Where can I get medical help if I don't have a family doctor?
Where can I find low-cost health care?
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Where can I get health care if I don't have OHIP?
What immunizations does my child need to go to school?