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First 90 Days in Canada

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 1-888-295-8112 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

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and provides pre-departure medical services for refugees coming to Canada. This coverage includes the following services:

Family Doctor

Finding a family doctor is important to ensure that you and your family get proper medical attention. Health Care Connect refers Ontarians who do not have a physician to a family health care provider who may be accepting new patients.



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. Click  here to learn about these financial services.


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. Click here to find a local walk-in clinic near you.



The region of Halton is home to several excellent hospitals. For more information on healthcare services in Halton, click here.


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 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, occupation or level of education. Click the links below for more information and resources:


Supports for Women


The Women's Centre of Halton

The Women's Centre provides an array of resources and 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

Thrive Counselling has helped thousands of people struggling with individual and family issues including family conflict, separation, divorce, depression, abuse or violence, and grief and loss. Thrive also offers a Violence Against Women Program. To access these services, click here.


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.


Supports for Individuals Living with Disabilities


Halton Support Services

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


Canadian Hearing Services

Canadian Hearing Services provides a range of services, products, and educational resources that empowers the Deaf and hard of hearing to overcome barriers to participation.


Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

CNIB's mission is to change what is it 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


Chronic Disease Self-Management P​rogram

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


Heart and Stroke - Halton Region

Increases 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. ​​


Chronic Disease Management

The Prime Care Family Health Team focuses on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion in Milton. 


Health Connect Ontario
Have a health question or need help locating health services and supports in your area? Health811 is here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be accessed by calling 811 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007), chatting online or through its website at