Babies born in Canada are citizens by birth. While a parent may not have OHIP for several reasons (e.g. new permanent resident in three-month wait period, no legal status, denied refugee claimant, overstayed visa, lost identification), their lack of health insurance does not affect a baby’s eligibility for OHIP.
These resources describe the OHIP eligibility criteria for babies born in Ontario whose parent(s) do not have OHIP. They have been developed by the Health Network for Uninsured Clients as a guide for hospital staff who are responsible for issuing the Ontario Health Coverage Infant Registration form. Receiving a health card at birth is crucial for protecting the health of our youngest Ontarians. Not providing OHIP to eligible babies in a timely way can lead to delayed care, high costs for families and potentially adverse health outcomes for these children. These resources were informed by research conducted by Wellesley Institute.