Aftercare Benefits Initiative

The Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) is a comprehensive health and dental benefits program for former youth in care. The program provides a broad range of benefit coverage, including prescription drug, dental, vision, extended health benefits, counselling, and life skills support services. Learn more about the program’s health benefits here.

Launched on July 31, 2014, ABI is administered by OACAS and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Green Shield Canada provides the health and dental benefits for eligible youth between 21 and 25 years old, and Shepell provides the counselling and life skills supports for eligible youth between 21 and 29 years old.

Are you a youth interested in enrolling? Check out the eligibility criteria and enroll now if you qualify.

Have more questions? Please visit our support centre or contact the OACAS ABI team at abi@oacas.org.

There are two groups of eligible youth: 

  1. Former Crown wards or youth who were eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) or Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM) and are between 21 and 25 years of age. This includes youth who:
  • had Crown ward status that expired at age 18;
  • were subject to a protection (formal) customary care agreement or a protection custody order at age 18; or
  • were eligible for support under the Renewed Youth Support (RYS) program.
  1. Youth who were adopted on or after June 1, 2016 and are between 18 and 25 years of age.

Youth eligible for coverage under another health plan (e.g. a plan provided by an employer, spouse, adoptive family, or university/college) are not eligible.

Youth attending college or university may apply for ABI if they choose to opt out of their school health benefit plan.

Youth receiving Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) are only eligible for the counselling and life skills support services portion of the ABI plan.

Are you an eligible youth interested in enrolling? Review the application process before completing the online enrollment form.

Have more questions? Please visit our support centre or contact the OACAS ABI team at abi@oacas.org.

The Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) provides comprehensive health benefits to former youth in care. The program’s benefits are delivered in two parts.

Through Green Shield Canada, plan members are covered for a wide range of benefits and services, including prescription drugs, dental care, vision care, medical items, as well as various professional services (e.g. massage therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry).

Through Shepell, plan members have access to a variety of counselling and life skills support services, such as:

  • Relationship counselling
  • Financial services
  • Health and nutrition coaching
  • Career counselling
  • Legal services

Youth receiving Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) are only eligible for the counselling and life skills support services portion of the ABI plan.

The full scope of ABI benefit coverage is outlined in the Benefit Plan Booklet.

Have more questions? Please visit our support centre or contact the OACAS ABI team at abi@oacas.org.

Children’s Aid Society and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency staff must provide a verification as part of the youth’s application to ABI. Workers should complete the online form for each youth they support. They will be required to include the following details: the youth’s name, date of birth, and confirmation of their former status.

Fill out the worker form now.

Adopted youth must submit a copy of their adoption order by email to abi@oacas.org or by fax to 416-366-8317. If you do not have this document, contact the Ontario government to request a copy.

Have more questions? Please visit our support centre or contact the OACAS ABI team at abi@oacas.org.

Eligible youth must complete the online application form and provide verification of their former status. Verifications should be completed by their worker here.

Not sure if you qualify? Review the eligibility criteria before applying.

Adopted youth must submit a copy of their adoption order by email to abi@oacas.org or by fax to 416-366-8317. If you do not have this document, contact the Ontario government to request a copy.

Once the application and verification have been received, the enrollment will be submitted to Green Shield Canada and Shepell, and an ABI welcome package will be mailed to the plan member.

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Have more questions? Please visit our support centre or contact the OACAS ABI team at abi@oacas.org.