Ontario Fertility Program – What you need to know to get started.
One in six Canadians experiences a need for assisted reproduction.
It is a common misconception that getting pregnant is easy, this is not true for everyone. The World Health Organization estimates that 186 million individuals worldwide experience infertility. “With so many experiencing this, it’s important to empower those individuals with the right information for all options on assisted reproduction,” said Dr. Liu, Medical Director of Mount Sinai Fertility.
The Ontario Fertility Program assists eligible patients in building their families. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or family status, all forms of infertility can access funded fertility services. Mount Sinai Fertility is one of the fertility clinics that participates in this program, which covers treatment costs for eligible people. If you live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card, you are eligible for government-funded fertility treatments.
What is covered by the Ontario Fertility Program
InVitro Fertilization (IVF) – Manually fertilizing eggs with sperm in a lab, then transferring the embryo into the uterus. One treatment cycle per patient, which includes the one-at-a-time transfer of available embryos
Inter Uterine Insemination (IUI) – Injecting sperm directly into the uterus (a type of artificial insemination). No limit on the number of treatments.
Fertility Preservation – Freezing sperm or egg samples to be used later in either artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization. One treatment cycle per patient who is undergoing medical treatment which may impair fertility.
What is not covered by the Ontario Fertility Program:
The following costs are not covered by the Ontario Fertility Program but may be covered by some private health plans:
- Any fertility medications required
- Genetic testing
- Donor eggs and sperm
- Storing sperm, eggs, and/or embryos
Wait times: There may be waitlists for government-covered fertility services. At Mount Sinai Fertility the wait times can range between 6 months to 2 years. Current wait times can be provided at a consultation appointment.
For more information please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-fertility-treatments