Government of New Brunswick
 

New/Returning Residents

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.

 

 

Students

Students from another province are not eligible for New Brunswick Medicare coverage.  Students from outside the province of New Brunswick should consult their provincial Medicare plan for information regarding coverage for hospital and physician services outside their home province.

International students who meet the eligibility criteria can receive New Brunswick Medicare coverage (see FAQ).  

 

Exempt from the three month waiting period

Canadian Armed Forces Dependents

The spouse or dependent of a regular member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has entered the province from another Canadian province or territory are entitled to first-day coverage providing they are deemed by the Director to have established residence in the province of New Brunswick.

Foreign Nationals/Out of Country Residents moving back to New Brunswick

As of June 17, 2010, Foreign Nationals or Canadians moving back to New Brunswick from another country are entitled to Medicare coverage from their first day of arrival in the province providing they are deemed by the Director to have established a permanent residence within New Brunswick. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

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.

 

 

Newborn

To register your newborn, you may contact SNB Tele Services at 1-888-762-8600 or visit your nearest Service New Brunswick office.  Please be prepared to provide the following information: 

  • full name of child;
  • date of birth;
  • gender;
  • your Medicare number; and.
  • In the case of multiple births, you must indicate which baby was born first – twin A, second – twin B, etc )

A ‘Newborn Registration’ form is generally provided to you while in the hospital and forwarded to New Brunswick Medicare directly.  Once the form is received and if no additional information is required, your baby will be registered and a card will be mailed out.

Babies born in New Brunswick to non-eligible New Brunswick residents may be eligible for coverage under the New Brunswick Medicare Payment plan, on the first day of the fourth month provided New Brunswick residency has been established and the child remains in New Brunswick.

 

 

Adoption

To register your adopted child, it is necessary to complete the required form and mail it to Medicare directly or deliver it in person to a Service New Brunswick office along with the following documents:

If you have adopted a child from within New Brunswick:

  • Change request form
  • Proof of adoption i.e.:
      - Final Adoption Order (required);
      - Letter from adoption agency (optional);
      - Letter from a solicitor (optional); or
      - Letter from social worker (if available)
  • Birth certificate (required)
  • Name of social worker (if applicable);
  • Adoptive parents identifying information.

If you have adopted a child from within Canada:

  • Application for registration
  • Proof of adoption i.e.:
      - Final Adoption Order (required);
      - Letter from adoption agency (optional);
      - Letter from a solicitor (optional); or
      - Letter from social worker (if available)
  • Birth certificate (required)
  • Name of social worker (if applicable);
  • Adoptive parents identifying information.

If you have adopted a child from outside Canada:

  • Application for Registration
  • Copy of child's immigration document or proof of Canadian citizenship;
  • Copy of final legal adoption document;
  • Adoptive parents identifying information.

NOTE:  The Department of Health is committed to safeguarding your privacy.  Visit our privacy webpage for more information on our privacy practices and about your rights regarding this issue.