Apply for health card Alberta Canada

All new and returning eligible Alberta residents must be registered for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) to receive insured hospital and physician services.

When accessing services you will need to show your personal health care card along with photo identification.

how to apply for a health card

you are very lucky because in Ontario you cannot apply online

but in Alberta, you can apply it online or in-person

first, check Eligibility

to find those who are eligible for this please click here

1. Complete the application form
by clicking here

For Canadian children of non-eligible parents

Application form for AHCIP Coverage: Canadian Children of Non-Eligible Parent

2. Gather your supporting documents


When you apply for AHCIP coverage,

you must provide supporting documents that prove:

Alberta residency


legal entitlement to be in Canada

Alberta residency documents include:
Alberta driver’s license

bills such as utilities and phone bills

mortgage or rental agreement

home insurance

vehicle registration

Identity documents include:
Canadian passport

Permanent resident card (both sides)

First Nations/Inuit/Métis card (both sides)

Alberta driver’s license

Alberta registries ID card

Canadian citizenship card

Legal entitlement to be in Canada documents include:
Canadian passport

Permanent resident card (both sides)

First Nations/Inuit/Métis card (both sides)

Canadian birth certificate

Canada entry document (both sides)

Canadian citizenship card or certificate (both sides)

If these supporting documents are not provided, your application cannot be processed.

Additional supporting documents may be requested to confirm AHCIP eligibility.

3. Submit the application

In-person at the office
Bring the completed application form and your original documents to an authorized registry agent. There is no charge for this service.

Processing time can take up to 5 days.

Cards are mailed from the AHCIP office.

By mail post
Send your completed application form with photocopies of your supporting documents to the

AHCIP office:

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

Include photocopies of supporting documents with your application. Photocopies must include the front and back of the document, if applicable.

please note Do not send original documents in the mail.

Processing time can take up to 6 weeks or longer due to covid

All cards are mailed directly to your mailbox from the AHCIP office.


Connect with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan office.

Click here for more information

click here for the Ontario health care

what you should do right after getting a health card?
you should go to any doctor’ clinic to appoint her/him as your family doctor

and they will do your complete physical checkup and blood tests if needed

so you can be aware of your overall health

and you can work on your diet and exercise if needed

and its all covered by health card you do not need to pay for it

what’s a family doctor?

health card


family doctors analyze patient’s reports and give prescription medicine if needed

this is the only family doctor to whom you will tell about your health issues

so they can give you the best advice because they already know your medical history

they also update everything on health card from time to time that what medications you are currently taking/you were taking

because in the case of emergency when you need to go to Hospital they may not be able to contact your doctor

but they will have all data already on health card so you do not need to worry about it

also, health care is one more government’s issued ID but it does not include your address so you can not actually use it for identity purpose

if you are going to get the covid-19 vaccine

you should take your health card with you if applicable

so it will be updated on your health card

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