NEWS May 1, 2017
As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is giving children and youth a better start in life by moving
to make prescription medications free through the new OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare
Beginning January 1, 2018, all children and youth 24 years of age or younger will be able to get
their prescription medications for free by simply showing their Ontario health card number and
a prescription. Coverage will be automatic, with no upfront costs.
The proposed new program will improve access to prescription medications for more than four
million children and young people, and will help many families to afford the medications their
children need to stay healthy.
Beyond the most common prescriptions, OHIP+ will give young people access to more than
4,400 drugs reimbursed under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, including medications listed
under the Exceptional Access Program, at no cost. These include drugs to treat cancer and rare
Ontario’s drug funding program is already one of the country’s most generous, helping to pay
for needed prescription medications for seniors, people with high drug costs, and other
vulnerable populations. Ontario is investing $465 million to expand coverage through OHIP+.
Making prescription medications more affordable for families is part of our plan to create jobs,
grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“This is a watershed moment for healthcare in Ontario. As the first Canadian province or
territory to introduce universal pharmacare for children and youth, we are making sure that
every young person across the province has access to the medications they need to stay
healthy, feel better and live full lives. We are easing parents’ worries, while making life more
affordable for them.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
A budget that is balanced and strong, will benefit residents in Brampton-Springdale and across Ontario.
Brampton has a young population with many young families; OHIP+ will provide comprehensive drug
coverage for children, youth, and young adults as part of the new Pharmacare Program. The first
universal drug program will eliminate the financial barriers to prescribed drugs for over four million
youth, regardless of family income, providing assistance in Brampton and across the province."
–– Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale
“The Children and Youth Pharmacare program is the first universal drug program in Canada for
youth 24 and under, providing access to prescription drugs to over four million young people.
By eliminating financial barriers to prescribed drugs, it will improve access, lead to healthier
lives for our children and youth, and is a major step forward towards universal pharmacare.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“With a growing economy and a balanced budget, we have the flexibility to make investments
in key services that matter most to people. Providing universal pharmacare to Ontario children
and youth is not just an important investment in our future, it’s the right thing to do.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
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