As 2016 has rolled in, the Ontario Ministry of Health announced they will provide funding to help eligible Ontarians build their families in 52 clinics across the province.  This program is available to eligible Ontarians of any sex, gender, sexual orientation or family status.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • You must be an Ontario resident with a valid OHIP card to be eligible for any of the fertility treatments under the program.
  • For the one-time cycle per lifetime for in vitro fertilization, women under the age 43, after speaking to their health care provider to determine if IVF is the most appropriate family-building option for them, are eligible.
  • To be eligible for government-funded fertility preservation (i.e. freezing of eggs), you must also have a medical reason.
    • For example, patients undergoing cancer treatment may be at risk of infertility in connection with their treatments.

The program offers the following fertility treatments:

  1. Artificial insemination (AI)
  2. Intra-uterine insemination (IUI)
  3. In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  4. Fertility preservation (FP) involves the freezing of sperm or egg samples to be used later.

The Fertility Program covers:

  • Artificial insemination (AI), including intra-uterine insemination (IUI)
  • One in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle per eligible patient per lifetime, including:
    • The one-at-a-time transfer of all viable embryos to allow for the possibility of multiple chances for pregnancy
    • One additional funded IVF cycle, if acting as a surrogate. This can occur either before or after receiving a funded IVF cycle for the purpose of building your own family
  • One fertility preservation (FP) cycle, including sperm and egg freezing for medical reasons, per eligible patient per lifetime.

The Fertility Program does not cover: 

  • Cost of fertility drugs.
    • The approximate drug costs are (check your private insurer as some of these costs may be covered by them):
      • $1,000 per cycle of AI
      • $5,000 per cycle of IVF
  • You would also have to pay for the cost of any other associated services, such as genetic testing, and the storing of sperm, eggs, and embryos.

How to get started:

  • Contact one of the eligible 52 clinics in the province.

Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health for more information.

Reference: Fertility Services