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Alberta Health Services

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

One of the best parts about living in Canada is the access to free health care. We can help you whether you are applying for the first time, adding your family members onto your health-care plan, or making changes to the information on your account.

Who Is Applying?

You can fill out an application form on your own if you are single, however if you are married or common law then you must apply together with your significant other (unless they are not living in Alberta with you).

If you already have health care and are adding family members who have recently moved to Alberta then you need to fill out an addition form

You also have the option to change your information or request a new Alberta Health Card by filling out an update form.

Please see our Forms page to access any of the AHCIP forms mentioned above.

When Can I apply?

If you are coming from another country then you are eligible for Alberta Health Care as of the date you enter Alberta.

If you are arriving from another province you are eligible 90 days from the day you enter Alberta. You may use the health care number from your previous province during the 90 day waiting period. In some cases you may have to pay for your medical services and send the receipts to your previous province for reimbursement.

*If you are not eligible right now you may still apply before the 90 days, you will not receive your card until your eligibility date

What Do I Need To Apply?

Every Albertan needs three things to apply for Alberta Health Care:

1. Identity  (Photo Identification)

Examples include:

  • Valid Passport

  • Canadian Citizenship Card

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • Provincial Driver’s License/Identification Card

2. Alberta Residency

Examples include:

  • Current Alberta driver’s licence or Identification card

  • Current utility, banking or phone bill

  • Mortgage or rent/lease agreement

3. Citizenship/Status in Canada

Examples include:

  • Canadian Passport

  • Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate

  • Canadian Birth Certificate

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • Entry Document (Work/Study/Visitor Permit)

  • Notice of Decision (Convention Refugee)

What Is Covered Under AHCIP?

Services such as visiting a physician or psychiatrist, or diagnostic services are a few examples of what the AHCIP covers.

There are some services that are partially covered such as eye exams for minors (under 18) or seniors (over 65). Things that are not covered; cosmetic surgery or routine dental care.

For more information of what is or what is not covered by the AHCIP, please visit the Alberta Health Services website.