Health & Safety

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Healthcare in Niagara is provided by the Niagara Health System, a publicly funded system that includes six hospitals and many other medical facilities. Please visit the Niagara Community Information Database for a complete list of healthcare service providers, including hospitals, resources for mental health, specialized care, and more. The Niagara Regional Police Service works to keep Niagara residents and visitors safe.

Basic medical services in Ontario are paid for by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, you must have an Ontario health card to receive OHIP coverage, and there may be a three-month waiting period to receive coverage as a newcomer to Ontario. You should apply for a health card as soon as you can.

To apply for a health card, visit a ServiceOntario centre or call the ServiceOntario Infoline at 1-866-532-3161 for more information. For more information on OHIP and healthcare in Ontario please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. You should also buy private health insurance during your OHIP waiting period. Please visit for more information on purchasing private insurance.

You will also want to find a family doctor. A family doctor, also called a general practitioner (GP), provides general care and treatment to all members of your family including diagnosing and treating illnesses and advising you on health issues. It can take some time to find a family doctor. Please explore the Health Care Connect program run by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for help finding a doctor.

For information on childcare please visit the Education page.

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