Government of New Brunswick

Support available from the Department of Social Development

Health Card

The Department of Social Development will issue a health card to those who qualify.  The Health Services Program offers the following coverage: 

  • Allergy serum
  • Convalescent/ Rehabilitation
  • Dental
  • Enhanced Dental
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hyper-alimentation
  • Orthopedic
  • Ostomy / Incontinence
  • Oxygen & Breathing Aids
  • Out of Province costs in a medical emergency (top up of payments made by Medicare only)
  • Prosthetic
  • Vision
  • Wheelchair/ Seating


For more details on coverage and exceptions, visit the Department of Social Development.

Comfort & Clothing Allowance

This is a special benefit to which some applicants/clients may be entitled.  Applicants/clients who are in institutions, hospitals, or transition houses may be eligible for a maximum amount of $135 per month. Visit the section on Comfort and Clothing Allowance on Social Development’s website for more details.

Household Set-up 

This special benefit is only available to clients who are in a priority group that also demonstrate they are in an emergency situation (unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances) with no insurance or other resources.

Client must take advantage of all available resources in the community (i.e. churches, Salvation Army, relatives and friends, community support groups, classified ads, used furniture, yard sales, etc.) or any other potential resources that may be able to meet their need.

The maximum amount allowed for all benefits issued to set up a household is $2000. All other resources must be explored first. Household Setup may include the cost of: bedding, towels, dishes, pots/pans, and cutlery, refrigerator, stove, washer, kitchen table and chairs, beds, cribs.

Required Documents:

  • Confirmation from agency involved (i.e. Red Cross, EMO, Fire Department or Police etc.)


Family Support Order Service

Home Ownership Program




For more information, please contact:

Women’s Equality Branch

Violence Prevention and Community Partnerships Initiatives (Unit)
551 King Street, Suite A
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
506 453-8126
Toll Free: (877) 253-0266