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Get the Coverage You Need with Alberta Health Insurance

Health care plays a crucial role in maintaining the physical and mental well-being of individuals. If you are a new or returning resident, including international students who are eligible for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP), it is essential to register for AHCIP and understand the application process. 

Not sure how to go about it? Don’t worry, we are here to help guide you through the steps and ensure that you will be able to access healthcare services in Alberta. 

Are international students able to apply for AHCIP?

Yes! If you are a student from outside of Canada, you may be able to apply for AHCIP coverage. The rules that allow students to apply for this coverage are the following: 

  1. Students who are under the age of 18 must be added to the AHCIP account of a custodian. 
  2. Students who have a study permit of 12 months (Valid for an Alberta Educational Institute) and reside in Alberta for 12 months or more
  3. Students with a valid study permit of fewer than 12 months can be eligible only if they have a letter accompanied by their application. This confirms the student would like to reside in Alberta for at least 12 months. 


What Are the Steps for Applying to AHCIP

Now that we reviewed what makes a student eligible for this coverage, it is important to learn about the process of signing up and what steps you must take to apply. There are many steps and documents that must be included when applying, so be sure to remember all documents and information. 

Step 1: Complete the Application for AHCIP

The AHCIP has a document that can be downloaded and filled out on your own time. This document can be found below:

The registration information asks for various personal information, such as full name, phone number, date of birth, and more. These questions are incredibly private, so you must remember not to share any of your information with others.

Step 2: Gather and include your important documents

When applying to AHCIP, others must remember there is a variety of documents that must be included when applying. You must provide documents that show proof of the following:

  1. Alberta Residency
  2. Identity
  3. Legal Entitlement to be in and remain in Canada

There are also a variety of Alberta residency documents that involve a list of examples:

  • Alberta Driver license
  • Bills such as utilities and phone bills
  • Mortgage or rental agreement
  • Home Insurance
  • Vehicle Registration

Identity documents are also required and include the following examples:

  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (Both sides)
  • Certificates of both Indian Statuses issued by the Federal Government 
  • Government Issued Driver’s licence 
  • Government Issued registered ID Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card

Legal entitlement to be in Canada is another important document to include. The following examples of these documents are:

  • Canadian Passport 
  • Permanent Resident Card (Both sides)
  • Certificates of both Indian Statuses issued by the Federal Government 
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canada Entry Document (Work or Study Permit)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card or certificate (Both sides) Permanent Resident Card, Confirmation document or letter.

    Remember that if these supporting documents are not provided, your application will be denied. 

Step 3: Submit the Application

As mentioned before, there are two different ways of submitting the required information. 

Individuals must bring their completed application and original documents to a registry office. The in-person process time for submitting can take up to 5 days.

Please view the links for the location of the registry office:

If others prefer not to travel with the documents in person, individuals can send their completed application by mail! Below is where others should send their application and photocopies of your supporting documents: 

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

For applying by mail, general wait times can be up to 6 weeks but may take longer between October and February. Since this information will be sent straight to the applicants, it is necessary to check that you provide your most recent mailing address. 

The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check the official website and digital channels.

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