Canada’s health insurance system is designed to ensure that all residents of Canada have access to health care.
All Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply for public health insurance. When you have public health insurance, you do not pay directly for most health-care services. Instead, all Canadians share in paying for them through taxes. When you use public health-care services, you must show your health insurance card to the hospital or medical clinic.
Instead of having a single national plan, Canada’s health-care program is made up of provincial and territorial health insurance plans. All of these plans share certain common features and standards. However, there are differences, so it is important to know what medical services and procedures your province or territory covers because it may not be the same in other areas
For more information, please refer to the Welcome to Canada Guidebook available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website (www.cic.gc.ca)
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada