GNWT HSS

How to Register for NWT Health Care Coverage

Registration

 

You can register by completing the Health Care Coverage Registration Form and submitting it and all supporting documents either by mail or fax to our Health Services Administration Office in Inuvik. You can get the registration form from our website, or from medical clinics, health centres, hospitals and the Health Services Administration Office in Inuvik.

When applying for NWT Health Care Coverage, you must provide supporting documents that prove:

  • You are a resident of the NWT
  • Your Identity and
  • Legal entitlement to remain in Canada  

Returning Canadian Citizens

If you are a returning Canadian citizen and you are moving to the NWT from outside Canada, you must submit a copy of one of the following with your registration form:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport

Immigration Eligibility

If you are an Immigrant moving to the NWT, submit a copy of one of the following with your registration form:

  • working visa (must be 1 year or longer with an NWT address)
  • student authorization (must be 1 year or longer, and registered to NWT School)
  • minister's permit (must be 1 year or longer)
  • permanent resident (landed immigrant) papers

Proof of Residency

Supporting document that show you are a resident of the NWT include:

  • Rent receipts
  • Lease agreement
  • Letter from private landlord or confirmation from a financial institution that a mortgage for local residential property is being held.
  • Utility receipts such as oil, power, water, property tax and/or telephone bills.
  • Confirmation from Revenue Canada that you filed a NWT Income Tax Return (your income tax return).
  • A letter from your employer verifying start and end dates of employment.
  • Send completed Health Care Coverage Registration Form and
  • Send photocopies of your documents

When mailing or faxing

Processing time can take up to 6 weeks.

Questions? Please contact us.

Always carry your personal health card

You will be issued a NWT health care card with a personal health care number when your registration is approved.  It is important to carry your health care card at all times. When you go to see a nurse or doctor in the NWT or other provinces/territories in Canada, you may be asked to show them your card, before you receive health services.

  • If you do not show your card to doctors or hospitals in other Canadian provinces or territories, you may be asked to pay for the insured hospital or physician services.

Please inform us on any change in your status as this is important in receiving health services. Make sure that your health care registration information is current.