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Navigating OHIP: A Beginners Guide to Health Coverage for Ontario’s Work Permit Holders

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August 22, 2023

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Shreya Udani

Healthcare is one of the major factors for people who are embarking on their journey to a new country. Canada has always been recognized for its Healthcare coverage benefits for citizens, permanent residents, and eligible work permit holders. Administered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario, OHIP’s primary goal is to ensure that individuals have access to vital healthcare services without incurring overwhelming financial burdens. Let us understand more about OHIP’s coverage for work permit holders in Canada. 


Eligibility for Work Permit Holders in Ontario –  

Work permit holders in Ontario, Canada, both with closed and open work permits, may be eligible for OHIP coverage. To qualify, the following criteria must be met: 

  • Hold a valid work permit. 
  • Engage in full-time employment for an Ontario-based employer for at least 6 months. 
  • Maintain your primary place of residence within Ontario. 
  • Be physically present in Ontario for a minimum of 153 days within any 12-month period. 
  • Be physically present in Ontario for at least 153 of the first 183 days immediately after establishing residency within the province. 

Coverage Offered by OHIP – 

It is essential to note that, to be eligible for a service, you must have a valid medical reason to receive the treatment. OHIP offers health benefits such as: 

  • Appointments with your family doctor. 
  • Visits to walk-in clinics and select healthcare providers. 
  • Emergency room visits for urgent medical needs. 
  • Medical tests and essential surgical procedures. 

How to Apply for OHIP 

Applying for OHIP is a simple process that requires an in-person visit to a Service Ontario center.  

  • To complete your application, you will need to provide the following documents: 
  • A completed Registration for Ontario Health Insurance Coverage form (014-0265-82). 
  • Three separate documents from the List of qualifying identification documents: 
  • One original document proving Canadian citizenship or OHIP-eligible immigration status. 
  • One document (original, printed, or digital/electronic) verifying residency in Ontario. 
  • One original document confirming your identity. 


Eligible Work permit holders in Canada are supported by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), which guarantees their full access to critical healthcare services. For both individual well-being and successful integration into Canadian society, developing a thorough grasp of OHIP, including its eligibility requirements, coverage scope, and application procedure is essential. 

Feel free to contact us for expert guidance and support tailored to your immigration journey. Visit our website at https://www.spscanada.com/ to learn more and get in touch today! Your Canadian dreams await, and we’re here to help make them a reality.


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