Ontario’s Fertility Program
Ontario is contributing funding for one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle per eligible patient per lifetime. The new publicly funded program, effective December 21, 2015, offers patients significant savings. Out-of-pocket costs are reduced through funding of various clinic fees and embryology services that were previously not insured under OHIP.
Ontario is committed to supporting people who are trying to start or expand a family by making IVF treatments more accessible regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or family status. Women under the age of 43 will be eligible for IVF funding, if a health care provider determines this is the most appropriate family-building option for them.
Ontario has removed IVF as well as artificial insemination (AI) as insured services under OHIP, and is funding these as uninsured services through contracts with fertility clinics in the province. In order to track eligibility for the program, patients receiving funded IVF services must have a valid Ontario health card. Physicians can learn more about the new program.
Family physicians and fertility doctors may access continuing medical education on fertility awareness and a clinical approach to patients presenting for preconception counselling or infertility issues.