Temporary residents

Out of province students

If you are a student from another province or territory studying in Alberta and intend to move back home after your studies, you must maintain your health insurance coverage from your home province.

Residents from out of country

Canada entry documents are required to apply for AHCIP coverage

Alberta Health requires applicants to include one of the following documents from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with your application for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage:

  • Confirmation of permanent residence  
  • Permanent resident card 
  • Active work* (minimum 6 months), study* or visitor* permit for Alberta or a designation as a Convention Refugee with accompanying documentation.

*Not all Alberta permits qualify the permit holder for health care insurance coverage in Alberta.

NOTE: All applicants must intend to reside in Alberta for 12 consecutive months.

You may wish to purchase Visitor to Canada Insurance, which is available from private insurance companies, if you are physically present in Canada but not eligible for AHCIP coverage.

Expiry Dates on your Personal Health Card

If you are a temporary resident from outside Canada, you will see an expiry date printed on your Alberta Personal Health Card. It will be the same date as the 'valid until' date noted on your Canada entry document.

Foreign students

If you are a student from outside Canada, you may be eligible for AHCIP coverage. You will need to apply for AHCIP coverage. Students under 18 years of age must be added to the AHCIP account of a custodian.

  • Students who have a 12 month Study Permit (valid for an Alberta educational institute) and who will reside in Alberta for 12 months or more are eligible for AHCIP coverage.
  • Students with Study Permits valid for more than 3 months, but less than 12 months, may be eligible for AHCIP coverage if their application is accompanied by a letter from the student confirming their intent to reside in Alberta for at least 12 months. 
  • If the application is received within 3 months of entry into Alberta, coverage is effective on the date of either entry into Alberta or the date signed on the Study Permit, whichever is later.

Temporary workers / extended work permits

(minimum 6 month permits)

AHCIP coverage is valid from the date signed (or the date of your arrival into Alberta whichever is later) until the expiry date noted on your work permit that was submitted to Alberta Health when you applied.

If your work permit has been renewed or extended, please provide Alberta Health with a copy of the new work permit in order to extend or reinstate your AHCIP coverage.

  • If Alberta Health does not receive a copy of your renewed or extended work permit, your AHCIP coverage will be cancelled on the expiry date noted on the previous work permit.

You may submit a copy of your renewed or extended work permit by mail, or by visiting an authorized registry agent (original documents are required at the registry office).

AHCIP coverage when your Canada entry document expires

When your Canada entry document expires, your AHCIP coverage will end. If your Canada entry document changes from a work or study permit to a visitor permit, you may no longer be eligible for AHCIP coverage.

If you intend to remain in Alberta and wish to maintain your AHCIP coverage, we recommend that you inquire with CIC about their processing times and apply early for an extension of your Canada entry document even if you have applied for permanent residency.

If your AHCIP coverage is about to expire and you are waiting for an extension of your Canada entry document, you may be eligible for a one time only temporary extension.

You may wish to purchase Visitor to Canada Insurance, which is available from private insurance companies, if you are physically present in Canada but not eligible for AHCIP coverage.

AHCIP coverage does not continue with CIC “implied” status

A designation by CIC of “implied” status does not qualify you to maintain your AHCIP coverage. A new Canada entry document is required for your coverage to continue.

While waiting in Alberta for a new work*, study* or visitor* permit, or confirmation of permanent residency, you may be eligible for a one time only temporary extension of health care insurance coverage.

*Not all Alberta visitor permits qualify the permit holder for health care insurance coverage in Alberta.

You may wish to purchase Visitor to Canada Insurance, which is available from private insurance companies, if you are physically present in Canada but not eligible for AHCIP coverage.

Waiting for a new Canada entry document? You will have to pay for medical visits

If you visit a doctor’s office, medical clinic, medical laboratory, health care centre, hospital or other medical facility and do not have active AHCIP coverage, you will have to pay for any health services you receive. Depending on the facility you visit and the services you receive, you may be required to pay at the time of the visit or be issued a bill after receiving the service.

When you receive a new Canada entry document and forward it to Alberta Health, you may be entitled to a reimbursement for medical services you received while you were waiting for a new Canada entry document. If your new document has “restored” or “maintained” noted in the remarks area, your AHCIP coverage may be reinstated and backdated to the date your coverage was cancelled.

If you were eligible for AHCIP coverage on the date an insured service was received, you may be reimbursed for this service. To obtain reimbursement, please provide your personal health number to the location where you received the health service and ask the facility to submit a claim as “payment to patient.”

AHCIP eligibility while waiting for permanent residency status

In order to be eligible for AHCIP coverage you must have a valid Canada entry document or a letter from CIC indicating a “positive first decision” has been made regarding your application for permanent residency.

If you receive a “positive first decision” letter from CIC with respect to your permanent residency application, forward a copy of the document along with your completed application for AHCIP coverage and other required documentation to Alberta Health.

  • Your AHCIP coverage may be reinstated to the date of the “positive first decision” letter but not earlier.

If your Canada entry document is due to expire and you have not yet received this letter, you may be eligible for a one time only temporary extension of your AHCIP coverage. However, we recommend you apply for an extension of your prior permit during the waiting period to avoid a lapse of coverage.

You may wish to purchase Visitor to Canada Insurance, which is available from private insurance companies, if you are physically present in Canada but not eligible for AHCIP coverage.