Beth and dj are essentially right, especially for illegal immigrants.
Generally, if you don’t have status of some sort, you don’t have coverage (in addition to provincial health coverage for permanent residents, convention refugees and citizens, there is such a thing as Interim Federal Health coverage for refugee claimants ), but there are some Community Health Centres that will provide some pro bono work in health care.
One of the links in the site Beth posted will take you to a list of centres, but which ones will see you for free isn’t noted I don’t think (my first look was a quick one and when I went back to be certain I couldn’t even find the right link to follow, but hey, it’s there somewhere. I saw it). You might be able to access health care without a Health Card or IFH by calling around for information…pleading your case.
In some situations, no pleading is necessary. For example, you do not require a Health Card at the Hassle Free Clinic
in Toronto to be tested for HIV. It’s free and