Health Care

If you are ever in a life-threatening emergency, you should call 9-1-1 so that help can be sent to you.

Finding a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner

Health Care Connect (en français) helps you find a doctor or a nurse practitioner.

Health Care for Newcomers

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides health-care benefits to resettled refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups.Adobe PDF icon Read more about where to access services.

The VON Immigrant Health Clinic provides care in multiple languages for those without an OHIP card and connects patients to a family doctor or nurse practitioner.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit works with the community to promote, protect, and improve health and well-being for all. They provide immunization and public health services, along with classes and clinics on a variety of topics.

Health and Immunization Requirements

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has a list of vaccines that your child should get and when they should get them.

Mental Wellness

Moving to a new place can be complicated. There are so many things to do, appointments to attend and family to take care of. Dealing with all of this while settling into a new community can be hard.

To find mental health supports in Windsor-Essex, you can search these mental health services categories through 2-1-1.

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

If you want to get medical treatment, you need an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card. This is a card that you need to apply for as soon as you arrive in Ontario. After you apply, there is a 3 month waiting period before you can use it.

In order to apply for an OHIP card, you will need to fill out the application form and bring it to a local Service Ontario office. For forms, documentation and other important information, you can visit (en français).

Walk-In Clinics

In Windsor-Essex County we have many walk-in clinics that you can go to if you need medical help. You do not need an appointment to go to a walk-in clinic. To find one nearest you, call 2-1-1 or visit the WECHU website.

Emergency Medical Services

Windsor-Essex County has three hospitals: