Moving to Alberta – Register for AHCIP

Moving to Alberta from elsewhere in Canada

If you have moved to Alberta and intend to be a resident* for 12 months or more, you must apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance within 3 months of your arrival in Alberta. While waiting to receive your Alberta Personal Health Card and until it becomes effective, continue to use your health card from your previous province or territory when accessing insured health services. In most cases, there is no cost to you if you present your card.

However, not all health services are covered outside your original province or territory and not all insured services are the same. You may have to pay out of pocket for some health services and submit a claim for reimbursement to your original province or territory. We suggest contacting their office to inquire whether certain services are covered after you move and to confirm how to receive reimbursement for services paid.

You are eligible for coverage on the first day of the third month following your date of arrival. If you apply later, the effective date of your coverage is determined when you register. If you paid for an insured health service when you would have been eligible for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage, you may be eligible for reimbursement. 

Moving within Alberta

If you are a resident of Alberta and have moved within Alberta:

  1. call us to update your information, or
  2. complete a Notice of Change form and take it to an authorized registry agent location or mail it in to our office.

Moving to Alberta from outside Canada / immigrants

If you are moving or returning to Alberta from outside Canada, you might be eligible for coverage on the date of your arrival when you register within 3 months of arrival and provide all the required documents. 

  • Newcomers to Canada may be eligible for coverage depending on their Canada entry document. To determine if the document is accepted, an Alberta Health agent will need to review it. 
  • Read more about temporary residents or those applying to remain permanently in Canada.

To apply for coverage, complete and submit the Application for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Coverage (Form AHC0102), also available at an authorized registry agent location.

Arriving ahead of your spouse or dependants

If your spouse or dependants plan to join you in Alberta later, you should maintain coverage for your family and yourself through the province/territory whose card you hold - up to 12 months . Contact us for more information if your spouse or dependants do not intend to move here within 12 months of your arrival.

If your spouse and dependants arrive before 12 months, coverage will be effective for everyone on the first day of the third month after they arrive or the first of the thirteenth month for you, whichever comes first.