I don’t have status in Canada. What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

You don't need OHIP coverage to be tested or treated for COVID-19 at assessment centres in Ontario. The Ontario government announced uninsured people should not have to pay for testing and treatment for COVID-19 and other medically-necessary services. This includes medical services in hospitals and services by other healthcare providers in the community. You should not be charged for testing or treatment of COVID-19. But some healthcare providers outside of hospitals might decide to charge money for other services.

Visit the Healthcare Access Ontario website to find a walk in-clinic that provides medical care without charging fees.

If you think you have COVID-19, you should contact a medical professional. They can do an assessment to decide if you should be tested for COVID-19.

If you don't have access to a family doctor, nurse, or nurse practitioner, you can contact Telehealth Ontario. Call 1-866-797-0000 to speak to a Registered Nurse for free. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English and French with translation for some other languages. You don't need an OHIP card to call Telehealth Ontario.

You can also call your local public health unit.

If you're refused testing or treatment for COVID-19 because of your immigration status or if you're asked to pay for medical services, contact your local community legal clinic.

Financial assistance available

If you have to isolate because you are COVID-19 positive or waiting for a COVID test result, you can apply for financial assistance from the Temporary COVID Isolation Emergency Support Fund. This fund is only for people who do not qualify for federal, provincial or private income assistance or COVID benefits. You also must face financial hardship that makes it difficult to isolate for the required time or to seek COVID testing.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine here.

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