Government of New Brunswick

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 principal 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; 
  • transients; 
  • 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.