Health care cards:
Most healthcare needs are covered by the province’s medical coverage, once you are a resident of Ontario. If required, private healthcare plans are available to cover specialized treatments that do not fall under the province’s scope of coverage.
When you move to the province of Ontario, you need to apply for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). To do so, you will need a proof of address in your new city and birth certificates for all your family members. Any mailed correspondence or utility statement that has your name and new address on it qualifies as a proof of residency.
Where to apply:
You can apply for the provincial health card at the OHIP Office that is located at 75 Albert Street, 7th floor, located in downtown Ottawa. Or, you can call the OHIP Office and make an appointment and get more information on how OHIP helps you. OHIP (Ottawa): 613-237-9100 Ontario Health Insurance Plan.
Centres for your family’s healthcare:
Basic information from your home health clinic including previous health history, immunization or medical records information will help the Ottawa health care teams know about you and your family.
There are 2 Aboriginal health centres:
Tungasuvvingat Inuit Health Centre, 24 Selkirk Street, 613-740-0999.
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Road, 613-748-5999.
Both are located in the east part of the city. There are also a number of neighbourhood walk-in health centres that may take “N” numbers.
Information you will need to be seen by a healthcare clinic:
- Birth certificate
- Health care card
- Contact information
- Address, residence in Ottawa
There are many hospitals in Ottawa and a special children’s hospital called the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, more commonly known as CHEO. For adults, there are 3 main hospitals. All hospitals will take emergency patients.
|The Ottawa Hospital||613-722-7000|
|General Campus||501 Smyth Road|
|Civic Campus||1053 Carling Avenue|
|Riverside Campus||1967 Riverside Drive|
|Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)||401 Smyth Road|
|Queensway-Carleton Hospital||3045 Baseline Road|
|Montfort Hospital||713 Montreal Road|
Emergency telephone calls, dial ‘9-1-1’
|Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region||613-238-3311|
|Mental Health Crisis Line
(24 hours a day)
|613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991|
|Ligne Fem-Aide (french only)||1-877-336-2433|
|Ottawa Dental Society Dental
|Ottawa Public Health||613-580-6744|
|Ontario Poison Centre||1-800-268-9017|
|Get information from a qualified nurse.|
Finding a family doctor:
|Doctor Search||1-800-268-7096, ext. 626|
|College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario|
|Find A Dentist – Ontario Dental Association||416-922-3900|
|Find a Registered Dietician||1-877-510-5102|
|Health Care Connect||1 800 445-1822|
Help Ontarians find a family health care provider.
For more healthcare contact information, go to the City of Ottawa’s website, click here.