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Health insurance

Your health is important! Before you have a health concern, you should take time to learn how the health care system in Canada works and to familiarize yourself with your health insurance plans. 

Exchange students are eligible for UHIP only.  All full-time international students at Ontario Tech are enrolled in two health insurance plans - UHIP and the Student Union's health and dental plan. Make sure to get a copy of each of your coverage cards every academic year. 

Learn more about the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

Learn more about the Ontario Tech Student Union's Student Health and Dental Plan


Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

Permanent residence applicants, valid work permit holders (Ex. Post-graduation work permit holders), convention refugees and protected persons may qualify for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). If this is you or your accompanying family members, find out if you qualify and learn about OHIP.

Those who have valid OHIP can be exempt from UHIP. If this is you or your dependants case, please contact to request your exemption and to see if you qualify for a refund.

Health Care Providers

Visit the to find a doctor, hospital or clinic on their Preferred Provider Network. These health care providers have agreed to accept UHIP coverage cards and directly bill Sun Life. You are recommended to use the Preferred Provider Network whenever possible.

If you must go to a doctor, hospital or clinic that is not a Preferred Provider, you may be required to pay upfront and then submit a claim to be reimbursed. You should bring a claim form with you which is available on

Other clinics are:

  • The Campus Health Centre:  located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre on the North Oshawa campus of Ontario Tech. They are not only conveniently located on campus, but also accept UHIP. 
  • Telehealth Ontario: A free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Ontario Clinic Group The Oshawa Clinic Group is located close to downtown Oshawa. Their Urgent Care Clinic provides acute care on a walk-in basis.
  • Lakeridge Health -  is one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario with five hospitals, regional services and community locations.
  • The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country.  


Emergency Care

In a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room (ER) for immediate medical attention.

Not sure if it's an emergency?

A medical emergency is an acute injury or illness that poses an immediate risk to a person's life or long-term health. Some examples of these illnesses or injuries include; heart attack/stroke, severe head injury, severe difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, any time a person is unconscious.

Do not go to the hospital for health issues that can be addressed at a clinic by a nurse or doctor, or even taken care of at home. 

Visiting a hospital for non-emergencies will not result in faster treatment and you will likely have a long wait before getting treatment.