Eligibility for Health Benefits
Eligibility for health coverage for Saskatchewan residents, students, people moving to and from Saskatchewan (including special classes of newcomers) or temporarily absent from the province.
Moving from Saskatchewan
If you are moving from Saskatchewan
If you and your family leave Saskatchewan the same date to set up residency elsewhere in Canada, your health services card is valid for the balance of the month you move plus the next two full months.
For example, if you leave Saskatchewan to move to another province September 27th, Saskatchewan Health ends your Saskatchewan coverage November 30th.
You should provide Health Registries with your new address and the date you will be leaving the province. In addition, you should register for benefits in your new province of residence immediately upon arrival.
Married/common-law couples moving on different dates
- If you leave Saskatchewan and your spouse does not leave with you, but joins you within 12 months of your departure, Saskatchewan Health covers both of you until the end of the second month following the month your spouse leaves the province.
For example - If you leave Saskatchewan to move to another province January 2 and your spouse joins you on June 10, Saskatchewan continues to cover you both until August 31.
- If your spouse does not join you within the 12-month period, you will each be considered individually. Your coverage will end at the end of the 12-month period and your spouse's coverage will end the first day of the third calendar month following his or her arrival.
For example - If you move from Saskatchewan to another province January 1, 2011 and your spouse joins you June 10, 2012, Saskatchewan Health covers you from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 and your spouse for the period January 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012.
Moving to Saskatchewan
If you are moving to Saskatchewan
As a general rule, if you and your family are moving within Canada the same date, your coverage will begin on the first day of the third calendar month following the date you established residency in Saskatchewan. Normally, your home province covers you until your Saskatchewan benefits take effect. This excludes people who are eligible for benefits under other Saskatchewan or federal programs - see Special Classes of Newcomers section below.
For example - if you established residency in Saskatchewan September 27th, Saskatchewan Health would begin to cover you on December 1st.
Married/common-law couples moving on different dates
- If you arrive in Saskatchewan and your spouse does not arrive with you, but joins you within 12 months of your arrival, Saskatchewan Health begins coverage for both of you starting the first day of the third calendar month following the arrival of your spouse in the province.
For example - If you arrive January 1 and your spouse arrives June 10, Saskatchewan Health would begin to cover you both on September 1.
- If your spouse does not join you within the 12-month period, you will each be considered individually. Your coverage will begin at the end of the 12-month period and your spouse's coverage will begin the first day of the third calendar month following his or her arrival.
For example - If you arrive in Saskatchewan January 1, 2011 and your spouse joins you in June 2012, your Saskatchewan coverage begins January 1, 2012 (at the end of the 12-month period), and your spouse's coverage begins September 1, 2012.
In both situations, your former province of residence will continue to cover you while you're in Saskatchewan until your Saskatchewan coverage takes effect.
Special Classes of Newcomers
Saskatchewan Health covers health services for certain special classes of newcomers from outside Canada who move to Saskatchewan on or before the first day of the third calendar month after arriving in Canada. If you are among the groups identified below, you may be eligible for benefits from the day you move to Saskatchewan.
- permanent residents (landed immigrants)
- people discharged from the Canadian Forces
- non-immigrants who are in Canada in connection with their trade or profession
- international students
- returning spouses of Canadian Forces members
- returning Canadian citizens
- returning residents
If you make your home in Saskatchewan and you normally live in the province at least six months a year, you are eligible for Saskatchewan health benefits. Everyone must be registered with Health Registries to be eligible for benefits.
Health benefits for members of the Canadian Forces and inmates of federal penitentiaries are covered under federal government programs. Their spouses and dependents, however, are eligible for provincial coverage and must register with the Health Registries.
Health Registries issues a health services card to each family member once their applications have been approved. The card is mailed prior to the effective date of coverage.
A Saskatchewan health services card is a valuable personal identification card, which you should be prepared to present whenever you need health services and for no other reason. Always carry your Saskatchewan health services card and present it when receiving health services. To update your health card information, see I want to update my health services card information.
Students - Residents of Other Provinces
If you are a resident of another Canadian province or territory attending school in Saskatchewan, your home province covers your health costs. You should continue to maintain coverage with your home province or territory.
Students - Temporarily Residents in Saskatchewan
If you are an international student temporarily residing in Saskatchewan to further your education, you may be eligible for Saskatchewan health coverage. You must apply for a Saskatchewan health services card. You must provide proof of full-time enrollment at an accredited educational institute and a valid Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. To begin your application, see I want to apply for a health services card.
Students - Temporarily Outside Saskatchewan Within Canada
If you attend school full time in another province or territory and plan to return to Saskatchewan to live upon completion of your studies, you remain covered by Saskatchewan. To notify Health Registries of your studies, complete the Extended Absence Notification Form and provide proof of your full-time enrollment in an accredited educational institute.
Students - Temporarily Outside Canada
If you attend school full time outside Canada and plan to return to Saskatchewan to live upon completion of your studies, you will qualify for limited out-of-country coverage. These limitations are significant. The costs outside Canada are often much higher than in Saskatchewan. For this reason, we strongly recommend residents carry extra medical insurance when studying outside Canada. To notify Health Registries of your studies, complete the Extended Absence Notification Form and provide proof of your full-time enrollment in an accredited educational institute.
Saskatchewan Student Certification
Temporary Absence from Saskatchewan
Under certain circumstances, you may retain limited coverage while away by providing you intend to return to Saskatchewan to live.
If you are temporarily outside Saskatchewan
You are required to notify Health Registries when you will be on an extended absence of more than six months.
You should report your absence from Saskatchewan for the following situations:
- Attending full-time studies at an accredited educational institute, and intend to return upon completion of your studies. You must provide your graduation date and confirmation of full-time enrollment;
- Away for the purpose of vacation, visit, business engagement or employment for up to 12 months;
- Away on an employment contract outside of Canada for a maximum of 24 months.
To update Health Registries about your extended absence, go online (recommended) or complete the Notification of Extended Absence Form.
Following an extended absence from the province, you need to contact Health Registries to ensure your Saskatchewan health services card is still active and you are eligible for benefits. To update Health Registries about your return, go online (recommended) or complete the Notification of Extended Absence Form.