There are two types of
valid health cards
in Ontario.
When you access medical services in Ontario, you need to show your Health Card (image to the right). Your health card is proof of your coverage by OHIP, Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan.

OHIP coverage is not just within Ontario. Some emergency medical services are covered when you are travelling outside of Ontario (including other countries!). But if you are permanently moving to another province, you need to apply for a new card.

OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Ontario. It’s recommended that you get short-term, private health insurance to cover you until then.

There are a number of different places for you to receive medical care:

Doctor’s Office
After you have found a family doctor, their office would be the location you would visit them the most. Some doctors also have locations in hospitals and medical clinics where they work with a larger team.

Medical Clinics
Medical clinics usually have a larger team of physicians available, along with other health care staff and facilities such as nurses and lab tests.

Walk-in Clinics
A walk-in clinic is for those who do not have a family doctor, need quick medical attention (but not emergency), and/or are not able to schedule an appointment with their family doctor. Walk-in clinics usually do not take appointments and are open longer hours and more days (i.e. evenings and weekends). Click here to find a walk-in clinic in Peel.

A hospital is where you go for long-term or emergency care. You may also visit the hospital to see a physician for specialized care.

There are three hospitals in the Peel area:

Mississauga: Credit Valley Hospital
Brampton: William Osler Health Centre
Caledon: Headwaters Health Care Centre

Community Health Centres
Community Health centres makes health care more accessible by being situated in your local community. They often provide free, confidential, and comprehensive services.

East Mississauga Community Health Centre
Bramalea Community Health Centre

Telehealth is a free and confidential phone service for Ontario residents – you don’t even need to provide your health card number. You will be able to speak to a Registered Nurse about general health information. This is not for emergency situations.

Remember, in an emergency situation, dial 911 anywhere across Canada and an emergency operator will be able to assist you.

Most dental services are not covered by OHIP. You either need to have a dental plan with your employer or purchase one from a private insurance company.

Dental Plans

Eye exams are not covered by OHIP (unless you are under 20 or over 65).

Find an Optometrist

Mental Health
Stigma around mental illness prevents us from accessing information and treatment. Become informed about mental health and resources to cope here.

Sexual Health
The Peel Public Health clinics offer free and confidential services including anonymous HIV testing. Have a question? Don’t want to talk in person? Talk to a Public Health Nurse at the Sexual Health Information Line or chat online with a trained volunteer at the Planned Parenthood of Toronto.