McMaster University

McMaster University

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)


OHIP is a government-sponsored program which provides a wide scope of benefits for medical and hospital services for all eligible persons who will maintain a minimum residency of at least three months in Ontario. Coverage begins after three months of residency and does not depend on employment. Application for coverage should be made within 30 days of arrival in Ontario.

For all individuals entering Ontario for the first time and for those who are returning and whose OHIP coverage has lapsed, a University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) has been set up to provide for basic health care coverage during the first three months. It is a mandatory program.

For those on work permits, their family members may not be covered under OHIP unless their appointments are for longer than three years. Those travelling to McMaster with dependents are required to enroll them in UHIP until/unless they are covered by OHIP.

OHIP is funded through a payroll tax and is not considered a taxable benefit. UHIP is funded by monthly premiums deducted through the payroll process. You may also pay by cheque if you prefer.



If you require further assistance, please contact Mara Giannotti, (, Manager, Faculty Appointments & Records, Office of the Provost, ext. 23065.              
Faculty of Health Sciences faculty contacts are Rebecca Collier, (, Faculty Secretary, Health Sciences, ext. 22175 or Deborah Miller, (, Faculty Relations, Health Sciences, ext. 24063.


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