Old Ontario Health Cards Will Soon Be Cancelled

More than two decades after Ontario started phasing out red-and-white health cards, the government is setting a firm end date to cancel all of the remaining ones.

The province has been gradually removing them from the system and issuing residents more secure photo ID health cards since Bob Rae was premier.

Now the Ministry of Health is working with ServiceOntario to set a final day after which red-and-white cards will no longer be accepted.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it won't happen overnight and a firm date has yet to be set.

400,000 red-and-white cards remain in circulation according to the health ministry.

It was late 1994 when the New Democrat government announced that due to fraud and misuse, the cards would be phased out over three years.

From the Canadian Press