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How do you renew your Ontario health card?

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To renew a Ontario health card, individuals can go to a Service Ontario location and provide the employees with proof of citizenship or eligible immigration status, proof of residency, and one extra piece of supporting identification, explains the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. If a name has changed, the individual should also provide supporting documentation, such as a change-of-name or marriage certificate.

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Those over 80 who receive a notice to replace their card and those under 15 1/2 do not need to go to a Service Ontario location to renew their Ontario health card, states the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Additionally, if a card is lost but not expired, individuals may telephone for a replacement rather than visiting Service Ontario.

Documents that serve as proof of citizenship or eligible immigration status include birth certificates, valid Canadian passports, confirmation of permanent residence and protected person status documents, explains the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Documents that serve as proof of residency include monthly bank statements, income tax assessments and utility bills. Documents that support identification include almost any document with both a name and signature, such as credit cards and student ID cards.

Almost all those living primarily in Ontario are eligible for Ontario health insurance, states the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Generally, residents must live in the province for at least 153 days in any 12-month period to maintain primary residency. However, students and employees who may be outside the province for longer may still be eligible as a mobile worker or mobile student, assuming they can prove their education or employment requires frequent travel and Ontario remains their primary place of residence.

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