How to Sign Up for Health Care

All permanent residents and Canadian citizens are eligible for Canada’s public health care system, known as Medicare. On a federal level, health-care standards are created. Each province runs its own health care system under those guidelines. Here is a guide to enrolling in Medicare.

Are you Eligible?

If you can answer “yes” to any of the following, you are eligible for Medicare coverage:

  • Are you a Canadian citizen?
  • Are you a permanent resident?

In certain provinces the following can also be covered:

  • Temporary workers
  • Students
  • Refugees that have passed the waiting period

How to Apply for Coverage

Your application will need to be done through the Ministry of Health in the province where you live. This department can provide you with the application form. You can also get an application form at any doctor’s office, pharmacy, or hospital. It is important to apply for coverage as soon as you are eligible. This will help prevent financial issues should you need health care that you can’t afford.

Forms You Need to Show

When you apply, you will need to bring the proper forms and identification. You must have your birth certificate; non-citizens must show their Confirmation of Permanent Residence and passport, or a Permanent Resident Card. You will also need to bring other documents that show your name, address and signature. You will need these forms for each person in your family.