No one will be left without medical care for COVID-19

In the COVID-19 pandemic Ontario expands coverage for care to insure that no one will be discouraged from seeking screening or treatment for coronavirus for financial reasons.

To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is:

  • waiving the three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage
  • covering the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage

Ontario Extending Validation Periods for OHIP cards

Additionally, Ontarians with expiring and expired health cards will continue to have access to insured health services.

COVID-19: Important OHIP Coverage UpdatesImportant extracts from the Ontario Government news release

  • Ontarians should be practising social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. Avoid close contact (within 2 metres) with people outside of your immediate families.
  • If you are returning from travel outside of Canada or if you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, including social distancing and tracking your symptoms and how you feel.

Additional Resources



  • According to CBC News (March 23, 2020), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is addressing the country as the government considers penalties for Canadian travellers who don’t follow the government’s advice to self-isolate when they return home.
  • Individuals who violate the social distancing rule could be fined up to $1,000 while corporations could face fines of up to $500,000, OPP said in a news release.
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