Are you eligible for AHCIP? Registration requirements

All eligible residents of Alberta must register themselves and their dependants with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). If you are a new or returning Alberta resident, you must register for AHCIP coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services.

All eligible Alberta residents with appropriate documentation will be provided coverage.

Eligible residents

An eligible resident of Alberta is a person who is:

  1. Legally entitled to be or to remain in Canada and makes his/her permanent home in Alberta;
  2. Committed to being physically present in Alberta for at least 183 days in a 12 month period;
  3. Not claiming residency or obtaining benefits under a claim of residency in another province, territory or country;
  4. Any other person deemed by the regulations to be a resident not including a tourist, transient or visitor to Alberta.

When you move to Alberta from another province or country, there may be a waiting period before you become eligible for coverage under the AHCIP.

Moving to Alberta from another country

Individuals who move to Alberta from another country, who have an immigration document from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, may be eligible for AHCIP coverage. An individual's eligibility will depend on:

  • the type of entry document they have
  • any restrictions listed on the document
  • the length of time allowed in Canada
  • their commitment to reside in Alberta for 12 consecutive months.

In some cases, an eligible resident's spouse/partner or dependent from another country may be eligible for AHCIP coverage if they have a dated entry stamp on their passport. A Canada Travel Visa is not an accepted document.

NOTE: The Canada Border Security Agency doesn't automatically stamp and date passports, you may need to request a dated stamp at the time of entry.

Non-eligible residents

Non-eligible residents include members of the Canadian Armed Forces, federal penitentiary inmates, refugee claimants, refused or failed refugee claimants, and those with expired immigration documents.

Canadian Armed Forces and federal penitentiary inmates receive coverage from the Federal Government. Dependants of these non-eligible residents, who reside in Alberta, must be registered with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

Canadian children of refugee claimants, refused or failed refugee claimants, and those with expired immigration documents may be entitled to coverage under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan providing they reside in Alberta and meet specific requirements. Find out if your child is eligible.


Dependants are defined as:

  • Married spouses – must register together
  • Separated spouses – may register together or separately
  • Divorced spouses – must register separately
  • Adult interdependent partners – may register together or separately
  • Single children under the age of 21 and wholly dependent on the parent(s), including adopted children, foster children (if an income tax deduction was claimed) and wards of the court.
    • In cases of separation or divorce, the custodial parent registers the children.
    • In cases of joint custody, children are registered on the account of one or the other parent, but not both, as agreed to by both parents.
  • Single children who are 21 years of age or older and wholly dependent on the parent(s) because of physical or mental disabilities
  • Single children who are under 25 years of age and in full-time attendance at an accredited educational institute

Read more about status changes and updating your information

AHCIP eligibility review for coverage

Denied or cancelled health care coverage

  • You might be denied coverage or your coverage may be cancelled under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan if the documents you provided to Alberta Health to prove Alberta residency, your identity or your legal right to be in Canada, are not acceptable.
  • If you are not satisfied with this decision, you may request to have your application and documents reviewed. In this initial review, your application as well as any new supporting documents you submit will be reviewed by Alberta Health.
  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate your eligibility for AHCIP coverage; ensure you provide sufficient reasonable evidence to Alberta Health.
  • The list of acceptable types of documents required are examples only. Depending on your circumstances, additional documents may be requested at any stage of the review process to help prove your identity, residency, or legal entitlement to be in and remain in Canada.

To request an eligibility review, contact Alberta Health by letter. Please include the reasons of your request and any additional supporting evidence.

Alberta Health
Attention: Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, Eligibility Review
PO Box 1360, Station Main
Edmonton, AB T5J 2N3

When an eligibility review has taken place, and a decision has been made to deny or cancel AHCIP coverage, you will be sent a letter outlining the legislative, regulatory and/or policy reasons for the decision. If you are not satisfied with the decision from the eligibility review, the letter will also contain information on the process for requesting an administrative review of Alberta Health’s decision.