As of July 1, there will no longer be a red and white health card in Ontario

Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians who still have an old red-and-white health card must get a new photo card by July 1.

Health Minister Christine Elliott's office confirmed this to Radio-Canada.

The province has been trying for more than 25 years to eliminate the old health card without a photo or signature, which is more vulnerable to fraud.

More than 300,000 of these cards are still in circulation, representing about 2% of all health cards in Ontario.

Minister Elliott says red and white card holders will receive a notice later this month asking them to get a new card, as well as monthly reminders if they don't.

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