Ontario is the first Canadian province to introduce universal pharmacare for children and youth

Ontario Providing Free Prescription Medications for Students

Thursday, May 4, 2017

OHIP+ represents the biggest expansion of Medicare in Ontario in more than a generation. We have unveiled a very comprehensive plan for young people 24 and under. Young people who are trying to get a strong start in life need our support — access to free prescription medication will make life more affordable for them when they need it most.

Beginning January 1, 2018, the proposed program will improve access to prescription medications for more than four million children and young people, including students and young professionals who may not have access to comprehensive drug benefit plans as they pursue postsecondary education or begin their careers.

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 funded through the Exceptional Access Program, at no cost. Medications that will be covered include asthma inhalers, drugs to treat depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antibiotics and oral contraceptives.

Making prescription medications more affordable for young people and families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.