The Canadian Snowbird Association is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadians.
Join / Renew Your CSA Membership
We need your help! The greater the membership, the more powerful and effective voice we cast against provincial, state and federal governments when lobbying for the rights of all travelling Canadians, whether in Canada or in the U.S.
Here are just a few examples of how the Canadian Snowbird Association has already made a difference in your life:
- CSA successfully lobbies the U.S. Congress to introduce bills that would extend the stay of Canadian citizens over the age of 50 in the U.S. from 6 months to 8 months.
- Snowbirds can vote in Federal Elections.
- Continued access to the U.S. for 182 days, and not limited to the previously proposed 30 day limit.
- Prevented the Romanow Commission from eliminating payments for out of country medical expenses completely.
- Ontario - Payments for out of country medical expenses increased from $100 to $400 per day.
- Ontario - Residents permitted 212 days out of province, and no longer limited to 182 days.
- Prince Edward Island - Payments for out of country medical expenses increased from $576 to $1055 per day.
- Manitoba - Residents permitted 212 days out of province, and no longer limited to 182 days.
- After much lobbying by the CSA, Ottawa agrees to issue a ten year passport.
- Ontario residents can now participate in provincial elections by absentee ballot.
- British Columbia becomes the first province to hold an election on a fixed election date. This allows travellers flexibility when travelling without having to sacrifice their democratic right to vote.
- British Columbia – Residents may be absent from the province for up to seven months, in a calendar year, and still maintain their provincial health benefits.
- Alberta – The length of time residents may be absent from Canada, and still retain their provincial health coverage, is increased from six to seven months.
- Nova Scotia residents are permitted to spend up to seven months outside of the province, each calendar year, and still retain their Medical Services Insurance (MSI) coverage.
- Nova Scotia – Beneficiaries of the Nova Scotia Family and Senior’s Pharmacare Program are now able to receive up to three 90 day refills to allow for a 270 day supply of medication for vacation purposes. This represents a 90 day increase over the previous 180 day supply maximum.
- New Brunswick – Residents may now be absent from their home province for up to 212 days, for vacation and visiting purposes, and still retain their Medicare coverage. The increase will provide New Brunswickers with an additional month of coverage, up from the previous limit of 182 days.
- The Government of Saskatchewan amended its temporary absence policy in order to increase the amount of time residents may spend outside of the province and still remain eligible for their provincial health coverage, from six months to seven months.
- Northwest Territories – Long-term vacationing residents now only need to be present in the territory for 153 days each year, as opposed to the previous requirement of 183 days, in order to remain eligible for continuous territorial health benefits.
When you join us in our struggle we'll:
- Keep you informed with a FREE subscription to the CSANews magazine.
- Provide you with essential snowbird lifestyle tips with the CSA Travel Information Guide.
- Help you prepare for your travels with the CSA Travellers' Checklist.
- Entertain you with world class performers at Snowbird Extravaganza and other snowbird lifestyle events that the CSA helps to promote in Canada and the United States.
- Pre-register you for the Snowbirds.org website so you can complete a CSA Personal Health Record, to take with you on your travels.
- And of course, save your money with the Snowbird Currency Exchange Program, the CSA Auto Club, or with one of our other fine member benefits.
Continue your snowbird adventure and join the Canadian Snowbird Association.
Annual regular member (Canadian principal address)
- $25 CAD - one year
- $45 CAD - two years ($22.50/yr)
- $65 CAD - three years ($21.67/yr)
- $99 CAD - five years ($19.80/yr)
- $325 CAD - lifetime **
* For Lifetime Memberships, please contact our office for the proper forms: 1-800-265-3200
Annual associate member (U.S. or overseas principal address) *
- $25 USD - one year
- $45 USD - two years ($22.50/yr)
- $65 USD - three years ($21.67/yr)
- $99 USD - five years ($19.80/yr)
- $325 USD - lifetime *
** We process online payments in Canadian currency ONLY. For U.S. currency payments please call us at: 1-800-265-3200
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