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Getting Started

If you are new to Ontario, we hope you find comfort in knowing that our health care system is known as one of the best in the world. However, before you can enjoy the health care benefits here, you must first apply for coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

OHIP covers most medically necessary services, and is available to landed immigrants, permanent residents, Canadian citizens and registered Indians under the Indian Act. Please visit our OHIP page to learn how you can apply for coverage, receive your Ontario Health Card, and begin benefiting from the excellent health care service Ontario provides.

Making Connections

We are very confident in the quality of health care available in Chatham-Kent. The municipality offers excellent health care provision, from competent staff in state of the art facilities. It is our pleasure to help connect you to a family doctor, dentist and other health care professionals. We can also provide you with information about specialists, alternative medicines, fitness gyms and programs, and other contributors to overall health and wellness.

We also want to connect you with information about our local hospitals and what you should do if you or someone you know requires emergency medical attention. Within Chatham-Kent we have two hospital locations, one in Chatham and the other in Wallaceburg. Both are part of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and offer emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chatham-Kent is also a 9-1-1 community. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 and emergency service and assistance will be provided to you. The phone service is free of charge, although a fee may be charged if transportation by ambulance is required.

It is our pleasure to connect you with doctors, specialists, programs, facilities and resources that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle for you and your family.