If you are new or returning to New Brunswick, you may apply to obtain Medicare coverage. A signed original ‘Application for Registration’ form (see Forms section) must be submitted for eligibility consideration upon completing your permanent move to New Brunswick. Completed forms must be mailed to Medicare directly (refer to Contacts) or delivered in person to a Service New Brunswick office.
A separate application for registration must be completed by all individuals nineteen years of age or older.
Please note: proof of Canadian citizenship or a copy of all Canadian Immigration identification records and entry stamp on passports must accompany your request as well as proof of identity and proof of residency. (Please refer to Required Documentation for Registration)
Applications are assessed on an individual basis and other documents may be requested to verify eligibility. It is important to note, not all Canadian Immigration documents are acceptable for Medicare eligibility requirements.
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.
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.