Moving from within Canada
If you have moved to Alberta from another province or territory and intend to live here for 12 months or more, you must apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) health care coverage within 3 months of establishing residency in Alberta.
In Alberta, your coverage begins on the first day of the third month following your date you established residency in Alberta. If you apply later, the effective date of your coverage is determined when you register.
- For example, if you establish permanent residency in Alberta on July 12, your coverage is effective October 1.
While waiting to receive your Alberta personal health card, continue to use your health card from your previous province or territory when accessing insured health services.
The 3 month waiting period for health benefits is waived for military families in Alberta.
Not all health services are covered outside your original province or territory and not all insured services are the same. You may have to pay out of pocket for some health services and submit a claim for reimbursement to your original province or territory.
Contact your current health insurance office to find out which services are covered after you move and to confirm how to receive reimbursement for services paid.
If you paid for an insured health service and are eligible for AHCIP coverage, you may be eligible for reimbursement.
Take your new personal health card and your receipt to the place where you received the services.
The provider may submit a “payment-to-patient” claim to AHCIP or reimburse you directly.
Arriving ahead of a spouse or dependants
If your spouse or dependants plan to join you in Alberta later, you should maintain coverage for your family and yourself through your previous province/territory for up to 12 months.
Contact the AHCIP office if your spouse or dependants do not intend to move here within 12 months of your arrival.
If your spouse and dependants join you before 12 months, coverage will be effective for everyone on the first day of the third month after they arrive, or on the first day of the thirteenth month for you, whichever comes first.
Moving from outside Canada
If you are moving, immigrating, or returning to Alberta from outside Canada, you might be eligible for coverage from the date establish residency in Alberta.
You must apply within 3 months of establishing residency and provide all the required documents.
If your AHCIP application is not received within 3 months of when you arrive and establish permanent residency in Alberta, the effective date of your coverage will be determined when your application is processed. Learn how to apply for AHCIP.
If you have an immigration document from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, you might be eligible for AHCIP coverage. Your eligibility depends on:
- the type of entry document you have
- any restrictions listed on the document
- the length of time allowed in Canada
- your commitment to live in Alberta for 12 consecutive months
A Canada Travel Visa is not an accepted document.
Dated entry stamp
In some cases, an eligible resident's spouse/partner or dependent from another country might be eligible for AHCIP coverage if they have a dated entry stamp on their passport. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) does not automatically stamp and date passports. Request a dated stamp at the time of entry.
If you did not get a stamp upon entry, a Travel History Report from the CBSA may be accepted in its place. To request a Travel History Report, visit the CBSA website.
Attending school in Alberta
If you are in Alberta temporarily to attend school full time and plan to return to your home province or territory after your studies, you must maintain your health insurance coverage with your home province or territory.
If you are a student from outside Canada, you may be eligible for AHCIP coverage.
Working in Alberta
If you are in Alberta temporarily for work, maintain your home in another province or territory and return home regularly, you should maintain your health insurance coverage in your home province or territory.
If you are from outside Canada, you must intend to live in Alberta for 12 consecutive months to be eligible for AHCIP coverage. Learn about temporary residents.