of October 1, 2001 all eligible newborns born at home, and
attended by a midwife, may make use of the Infant Registration
By enabling Midwives to obtain Pre-Assigned Health Numbers
(PAHN) from the birthing hospitals the Infant Registration process
is more convenient for parents and ensures that eligible infants
receive a PAHN expeditiously regardless of birth setting.
extending the current Infant Registration process, all eligible
newborns, born in hospital or at home and attended by a midwife,
will be registered for health coverage from the moment of birth.
newborn born in any of the following situations is not
eligible to register through the expedited Infant Registration
process and must be registered directly with the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care (following the same process as other new
child born outside of Canada, to an insured Canadian custodial
parent, who will ordinarily be a resident of Ontario with the
The parent is responsible for completing the
registration and providing documentation.
child born in Ontario whose parent has taken up residency from
another Canadian province or territory is not yet eligible for
Ontario health coverage during the parent’s waiting period
but will be eligible on the parent’s eligibility effective
child born to a parent who is a member of the RCMP or CAF and
stationed in Ontario.
child born to temporary residents who are ineligible for OHIP
(refugee claimants, foreign students, etc).
child born to a parent without an Ontario health number.
child not born in a hospital or at home attended by a midwife.
hospital’s process for obtaining and submitting Infant
Registration forms will remain the same: hospitals request a
supply of forms which the Ministry distributes quarterly (or when
necessary on request)
Head Midwives (a designated Midwife on staff at each
hospital in which midwives provide birthing services) will sign
out forms from the hospital and be responsible for the security,
distribution and collection of the forms from midwives on staff at
the hospital. Midwives will be expected to carry a form to each
home birth for completion by parents of eligible newborns, and to
submit the completed form to the Head Midwife.
Head Midwives will collect the Infant Registration forms
from all applicable midwives routinely and submit the forms back
to the hospital as a batch on a regular basis.
The hospital will then submit all forms received from the
Head Midwife to the Ministry, as per existing procedures.