IMS Connect and IMS Listener Health Card Validation connection types are being phased out by March 31, 2024.

To: OHIP Billing Software Vendors
Category: Billing Software Specifications
Written by: Claims Services Branch, Health Programs and Delivery Division
Date issued: July 14, 2023
Bulletin Number: 230703


As previously outlined in the 2017 Health Card Validation Reference Manual, the ministry is replacing legacy Health Card Validation (HCV) technology and moving towards a more modern connectivity method for all Health Card Validation transactions.

As a result, IMS Listener and IMS Connect connection types for the Health Card Validation service will be phased out by March 31, 2024.

Please note: this change will not impact you if you are using a connection type other than IMS Listener or IMS Connect.

Software that accesses Health Card Validation using IMS Listener or IMS Connect will need to transition to one of the following connection types by March 31, 2024, to continue to access HCV services:

  • Master Services Agreement (MSA)
  • Identity Provider (IDP)

For more information, please see the Health Card Validation Reference Manual linked above.

Conformance testing will be available for all software transitioning from a legacy connection to a more modern connection type. The process for beginning conformance testing is as follows:

Technical questions about this update can be asked of the conformance testing team once you have entered conformance testing and they have contacted you.

All other inquiries should be directed to the Service Support Contact Centre.

Contact information

Do you have questions about this INFOBulletin? Email the Service Support Contact Centre or call 1-800-262-6524