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Families and Youth in Thunder Bay Can Check What Medications Are Free Under OHIP+

Ontario Making 4,400 Prescription Drugs Free for Everyone Age 24 and Under Starting January 1


December 21 2017


On January 1, 4,400 prescription medications become free for everyone in Ontario age 24 and under through OHIP+, and Ontario is making it easier for families and youth to find out what medications will be covered with a new online search tool.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan and Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North are proud to highlight the new, mobile-friendly tool, which will help people quickly and easily search through a list of more than 4,400 publicly funded medications and other drug products.

With OHIP+, Ontario is the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for children and youth age 24 and under, helping more people afford the medications they need to stay healthy. This includes asthma inhalers, antibiotics, EpiPens, diabetes test strips, contraceptives and drugs to treat depression, anxiety, epilepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Enrollment will be automatic with no co-payment or annual deductible. Eligible prescriptions can be filled free of charge at any Ontario pharmacy – all that’s needed is an Ontario health card or health card number.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


“We are taking a historic step forward with OHIP+ by eliminating the financial barriers and ensuring all young people can access the medication they need at no cost. OHIP+ is a major step towards our vision of a national pharmacare program that will help young people live healthier lives.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I’m pleased to announce the beginning of our governments OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare Program on January 1st, 2018. This represents the biggest expansion of Medicare in Ontario in over a generation, with all youth 24 and under now having access to over 4,400 prescription drugs free of charge. This Program, along with tuition reform which is providing thousands of Ontarians with free tuition, support youth and their families at a critical point in their lives.”

— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan

“I am very pleased to support the biggest expansion of medicare since its creation in Canada. OHIP+ will help build a healthier future by ensuring children and youth 24 years and under easy access to free eligible medication. Starting in January, Ontario will be the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for children and youth, helping more people afford over 4,400 essential medications they need to stay healthy.”

— Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North



  • Prescription medications will be covered if they are listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit formulary or approved for funding through the Exceptional Access Program.
  • The province is investing $465 million to expand coverage through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.
  • Public consultations provided input into the drug search tool. As more public feedback is received, Ontario will continue to improve and upgrade this search tool.



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