If you are new or returning to New Brunswick, you may apply to obtain Medicare coverage. A completed Medicare Application (see Forms section) must be submitted for eligibility consideration upon completing your permanent move to New Brunswick. Please complete and submit your Online Medicare Application. If you are unable to complete your application online, please complete the PDF version which can be mailed or emailed directly to Medicare (refer to Contacts) or delivered in person to a Service New Brunswick office.
A separate application for registration must be completed for any child nineteen (19) years of age and older. If you are completing this form on behalf of an individual (not a dependant), who is nineteen (19) years of age and older, a copy of Power of Attorney documents must be provided.
Proof of Canadian citizenship or a copy of all Canadian Immigration identification records and last entry stamp on passports (if applicable) must accompany your request as well as proof of identity and proof of residency in New Brunswick. It is important to note, not all Canadian Immigration documents are acceptable for Medicare eligibility requirements. (Please refer to Required Documentation for your Medicare)
If you are in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker with an expired work permit and are in maintained status, and your Medicare coverage has expired, please provide a copy of the Acknowledgement of Receipt letter you received from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) showing your name, the date your application was received and the date until which you are authorized to continue working to [email protected]. If found eligible, your coverage may be extended by six months retroactively to the date your previous IRCC document(s) expired. A letter to this effect will be sent to you once your documents are assessed.
For individuals experiencing delays with the renewal of other immigration documents through IRCC, New Brunswick Medicare is offering a one-time coverage extension. If your Medicare coverage has expired, please provide the confirmation you received from IRCC showing your name and the date your application was received to [email protected]. If found eligible, your coverage may be extended by six months retroactively to the date your previous IRCC document(s) expired. A letter to this effect will be sent to you once your documents are assessed.
Applications are assessed on an individual basis and other documents and information may be requested to verify eligibility.
Moving from within Canada
If you have moved to New Brunswick from within Canada, you may be eligible for New Brunswick Medicare coverage on the first day of the third month following the month you have established permanent residence in New Brunswick. For example, if you moved to New Brunswick on July 20, the month of July will count as the first month, with August and September as the following two. In this case, coverage would begin October 1.
The three-month waiting period is legislated under New Brunswick's Medical Services Payment Act.
Moving from outside Canada
Medicare must be satisfied that an individual does not have or does not intend to maintain permanent resident status in any other country prior to receiving New Brunswick Health coverage.
The individual must provide a photocopy of the Immigration document that allowed them to reside, work and/or study in another country, e.g.: Permanent Resident Card, Work Permit, Study Permit, Naturalization Certificate, Commuter Card, Foreign Passport, etc.
Individuals can choose from:
Relinquish alien status and provide an official document to that effect (i.e. US Form I-407);
Provide an annual Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Travel History Report showing that they have met the New Brunswick residency requirements during the previous twelve (12) months. Should the CBSA Travel History Report not be provided and/or residency requirements not be met, Medicare coverage will be terminated.
In the event where Medicare coverage was previously granted but terminated for non-compliance, Option B will be invalidated.
Once a completed application form is received and eligibility is established, a letter indicating the actual start date of your New Brunswick Medicare coverage is issued and followed by a New Brunswick Medicare card.
As of June 17, 2010, Newcomers and Canadian Citizens moving and/or returning to New Brunswick after living in another country may be entitled to Medicare coverage from their first day of arrival in the province provided they meet the eligibility requirements and are deemed by the Director to have established a permanent residence in New Brunswick. Only when an applicant has physically moved to New Brunswick can an application for registration be submitted. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis; additional information and/or documents may be required upon review.
NOTE: If you have moved to New Brunswick from another Canadian province or territory, it is recommended that you contact your former place of residence to ensure continuous coverage during the three month waiting period.