To get an Ontario Health Insurance Plan health card, individuals can go to a Service Ontario location and present the three original documents required as proof of identity and residency, as explained by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Those who have lost their health card and children under 15 1/2 years of age do not need to go to a Service Ontario location to replace or renew their OHIP health card.
Those over 80 who receive a notice by mail to renew do not need to visit a Service Ontario location to complete the process, explains the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Ontario requires three types of documentation to receive a health card and health insurance: proof of citizenship or eligible immigrant status, such as a birth certificate, registered Indian record or Canadian immigration identification card; proof of residency, such an employer record, income tax assessment or Ontario motor vehicle permit; and a supporting identity document, such as a credit card, employee ID or passport.
In addition to the three required documents, Service Ontario employees may require further documentation in certain circumstances, states the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For instance, if a name has changed, the individual must provide a marriage or change-of-name certificate. Almost all people making Ontario their primary home are eligible for Ontario health insurance after living in the province for three months. Additionally, residents must live in Ontario for at least 153 days during any 12-month period, reports Service Ontario.