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First 90 Days in Canada

​Your Your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)​​ 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. 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.
  • Call the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. at 1-800-268-8099 for more information 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), provides pre-departure medical services for refugees coming to Canada. This coverage includes the following services:

Family Doctor Doctor

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. 




To find a dentist, click here. Dental services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) however, the Halton Region Health Department provides financial services for those who qualify.



Walk-In Clinics


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-Clinic Near You




The region of Halton is home to several excellent hospitals, for more information on Healthcare services, click here. Hospitals provide comprehensive health care and emergency services for everyone in the growing and diverse communities of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. 



Mental Health


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 in newcomers to Canada. These mental health issues can affect anyone of any ethnicity, religion, occupation or level of education. Click the following links below for more information:



Supports for Women 

​Halton Women's Centre An array of services to meet the needs of women of all ages, races, religions and sexual orientations. The main focus is on providing for the basic needs of safety, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency through client participation in various programs and services.



Thrive Counselling  

Violence Against Women program. We have helped thousands of people struggling with individual and family issues including family conflict, separation, divorce, depression, abuse or violence and grief and loss.

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) ​

 Counselling, practical, legal and medical support. SAVIS offers free and confidential 24/7, one-on-one crisis counselling services, with no judgment, just support. Services can be short- or long-term in nature and are open to female-identified, male-identified and transgender people aged 14 and over who are survivors of violence, including childhood abuse.



Halton Support Services

Provides employment services for adults with developmental disabilities.The CWSDS team provides leadership and ensures excellence in our services and support for people with developmental disabilities from the Central West Region of Ontario, and beyond.


Supports for Disabilities


Canadian Hearing Society

Employment Services, Literacy Programs (LINC), settlement services and youth programs for the deaf. CHS provides sign language interpreting, one-on-one language development for deaf and hard of hearing adults and children, employment consulting, sign language instruction, speechreading training, hearing testing, hearing aids, counselling. 


Services for people with vision loss.​ CNIB's mission is to change what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enable Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.


Cannabis Education Resources


The following resources have been compiled to support public education around cannabis use, the law, and related health effects:


Halton Region provides information related to Cannabis, Cannabis Health Effects, Cannabis Medical Use, Cannabis Law, and Enforcing Cannabis Law. To access these resources please click here


The Government of Canada provides information related to Cannabis, Process of legalization, Health Effects, Addiction, Medical Use, Applying for Industry Licenses, Consumer Information, Market Data, Travelling with Cannabis, and Cannabis Research. To access these resources please click here


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers information related to Canada's Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, Cannabis and your Health, and What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers need to know. To access these resources please click here



Other helpful information



Additional Resources

The Self-Management Program offers a menu of programs available for individuals who live in the Mississauga Halton region. Programs are for adults at no cost. ​


Increase public awareness of heart disease and stroke by providing information and/or programs on CPR, high blood pressure, nutrition, active living, rehabilitation, heart disease, smoking and stress. ​​

Family Health Team and focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion in Milton.