Medicare - Registration
To apply for New Brunswick Medicare coverage you must complete an Application for Registration form.
To be eligible for New Brunswick Medicare coverage you must be:
• a Canadian citizen or be legally entitled to remain in Canada and a resident who makes his/her permanent and principle home in New Brunswick; or
• an international student who meets the eligibility criteria.
A “resident” means a person lawfully entitled to be or to remain in Canada, who makes his home and is ordinarily present in New Brunswick, but does not include a tourist, transient or visitor to the Province; as legislated under New Brunswick's Medical Services Payment Act
The following individuals are not eligible for coverage:
• regular members of the Canadian Armed Forces, (however members of their families are eligible);
• tourists and visitors to the province;
• students from another province; and
• inmates of federal penitentiaries.
Maintaining a dwelling, owning property in the province of New Brunswick or paying New Brunswick property or income tax does not mean you are eligible for insured services under New Brunswick Medicare.
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.
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 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.
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.