New to Canada?
- If you have been a resident of Ontario for three months, you are entitled to health care services paid for by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). You must have a health card to access these services. For more information, see Health Care for Newcomers.
- If you need urgent health care, go to your local hospital. Please note: if you do not have any health coverage, you will be billed for these services.
Here you can find translated information about a wide range of health topics in your language.
The following services are free and do not need a health card:
Language interpretation is available. Call 3-1-1 and ask for an interpreter.
Your health is important before, during, and between pregnancies. Get advice on the phone or by email about:
- having a healthy pregnancy
- giving birth
- child growth and behaviour
- toilet training
If you cannot afford to pay for a dentist, you may be able to receive free dental care from Toronto Public Health.
To find out if you are eligible, call 3-1-1 and ask for a dental appointment.
- children's nutrition
- shopping for groceries
- community gardens
- cooking programs
- healthy low-cost meals
Free immunizations are available if you don't have a health card. For more information on immunization and free clinics, call the Immunization Information Centre 416-392-1250, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Every time your child receives a vaccination, you need to report it to Toronto Public Health. Your child may be suspended from school if they have an incomplete record or does not have a valid exemption on file. Toronto Public Health can translate your immunization record for you.
- free or low cost birth control
- pregnancy tests, counselling, and referrals
- free testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- free testing for HIV