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The Ontario Children and Youth Pharmacare Program covers 100% of the cost of over 4,400 medications for everyone under 25 years old. Coverage is automatic, with no enrollment, no upfront costs, no co-payment or annual deductible.

All you need is an Ontario health card number and a valid prescription.


  • Which drugs are covered?

    Over 4,400 medications and other drug products are fully covered. Under OHIP+, all drugs listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Formulary are covered.

    Examples include:

    • Antibiotics to treat infections
    • Inhalers for asthma
    • Various insulins, oral diabetes medications and diabetes test strips
    • Antidepressants
    • Epilepsy medications
    • Medications to treat mental health conditions
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications
    • Medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions

    Visit ontario.ca/page/check-medication-coverage to find out if a drug is listed on the ODB Formulary or ask your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist.

    If you have been prescribed a brand name drug not covered by OHIP+, and the generic version is covered, you can switch to the generic. Alternatively, if you prefer the brand name medication, you may choose to pay the difference in cost.  

  • What about drugs that are not covered?

    If the drug you have been prescribed is not covered by OHIP+, there are a number of options to consider. Your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist is here to help and can review the following options with you.

    Speak to your Prescriber/Pharmacist – There may be an alternative medication covered by OHIP+ that is suitable for you.

    Private Insurance – If you have private insurance, some drugs not covered by OHIP+ may be covered by your insurance plan.

    Exceptional Access Program (EAP) – This program may enable access to some medications for which no appropriate alternative is covered by OHIP+. Your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner is required to submit a request on your behalf. If approved, the full cost of the medication will be covered. Visit ontario.ca/page/applying-exceptional-access-program for more information on EAP.

  • Need an Ontario health card?

    An Ontario health card is required to get OHIP+. If you need information on how to get an Ontario health card, please visit: ontario.ca/page/health-cards or contact ServiceOntario at 416-327-7567 (GTA), 1-800-664-8988 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 1-800-387-5559 (TTY).

If you have any questions about Ontario Children & Youth Pharmacare Program and your drug coverage, your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist is here to help.

Want more information?

• For general questions or comments, email: OHIPplus@ontario.ca
• To learn more about Ontario Children & Youth Pharmacare Program, visit: ontario.ca/page/learn-about-ohip-plus
• To learn more about the Ontario Drug Benefit program, visit: ontario.ca/drugbenefit