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The Non-Insured Health Benefit program (NIHB) is designed to help First Nation members with their health care needs.  The NIHB program is also designed to help First Nations:

  • Maintain their health
  • Prevent disease
  • Detect and manage illnesses, injuries and disabilities

The NIHB program provides coverage for a limited range of medically necessary goods and services to registered First Nation members.  It may repay some or all of the costs incurred when health care programs, products or services are purchased.  This includes a range of medical, dental and pharmacy services eligible First Nations members may need.

The benefits and services of the NIHB program are often coordinated with other insured health care programs offered in Ontario.

The NIHB program provides benefit coverage for approximately 176,400 First Nations people in Ontario.  These benefits include:

  • Drugs
  • Dental
  • Medical Supplies & Equipment
  • Medical Transportation
  • Eye & Vision Care
  • Short-term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling
  • Health Benefits Outside of Canada
  • Chiropractic Care

(Information obtained from:  A Guide for First Nations in Ontario:  Navigating the Non-Insured Health Benefits & Ontario Health Programs Benefits, pg. 2)


This is a list of important contact numbers to assist you with any questions you may have regarding benefit coverage and general inquiries:

Questions regarding a Medical Item, Supply and Service under NIHB program:

1-800-640-0642 or visit www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Questions regarding Medical Transportation:     1-877-779-7749

Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program:   1-888-789-4199 or visit www.mcss.gov.on.ca

Ontario Drug Benefit:  1-866-532-3161 

Ontario Assistive Devices Program:  1-800-268-6021

Northern Health Travel Grant:   1-800-461-4006

                                                     or visit  www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/ohip/northern.aspx