NWT Health Coverage Extension

Release date : Aug 31, 2015

As most of you are aware, the Canadian Snowbird Association has successfully worked with a number of provinces in Canada on the issue of residency requirements and eligibility for continuous health coverage. Over the last few years, the CSA has succeeded in advocating for an additional month of coverage in provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The CSA is pleased to announce that the Northwest Territories (NWT) has recently amended their temporary absence policy to increase coverage for residents on extended vacations. Long-term vacationing residents will 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. This additional month of coverage puts the Northwest Territories in line with other jurisdictions across Canada that have made similar changes.

Snowbirds from the NWT should keep in mind that they need to complete a temporary absence form, for absences exceeding 3 months, to ensure they are covered for the duration of their absence. This form has recently been amended, making it more user-friendly and easy to complete. It now features an important information section which outlines what supporting documentation will be required with your application.

Both the temporary absence form and the NWT Health Care Plan - Information for NWT Residents information booklet have already been revised to reflect the new policy change. The updated form and publication can be accessed online at www.hss.gov.nt.ca and can be found in hard-copy format at health clinics and centres across the territory.

The Canadian Snowbird Association would like to thank the Government of the Northwest Territories, in particular the Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy, for supporting this extension and making it a reality.

Canadian Snowbirds and Hurricane Irma
Posted date : Sep 20, 2017
Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category 5 storm containing the most powerful winds ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has already hit the Caribbean and may well be headed for Florida. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a statewide state of emergency to ensure local officials have enough time, resources and flexibility to get prepared.
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PST SK Travel Insurance Premiums
Posted date : Jun 01, 2017
The government of Saskatchewan announced that it was raising the rate of the provincial sales tax (PST) from five per cent to six per cent, and will now charge PST on Travel Insurance Premiums.
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Manitoba Term Certificate Requirement
Posted date : Feb 08, 2017
In October 2016, representatives from the Canadian Snowbird Association met with senior health officials at the Department of Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living to discuss rescinding the requirement for Manitoba residents to apply for a term certificate if they were leaving the province for more than three months.
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Preparation is Key for a Rewarding Snowbird Travel Season
Posted date : Jul 21, 2016
TORONTO, July 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Spending the winter in the sunny south sure beats contending with the ice and snow of our Canadian winters. If you are truly going to enjoy the fruits of the snowbird lifestyle experience, preparation is key. The most important consideration is your health and that of your loved ones.
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Georgia rescinds international driving premit requirement
Posted date : Jul 20, 2016
After multiple discussions between the CSA and representatives from the state of Georgia, the requirement of non-English driver’s licence holders to possess an International Driving Permit (IDP), while operating a vehicle in the state, will be rescinded.
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Entry/Exit initiative
Posted date : Jun 24, 2016
On June 15, 2016, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale introduced legislation, Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act, in the House of Commons which will permit Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to collect personal information on all individuals who are leaving or have left Canada.
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Sask. Health Coverage Extension
Posted date : Nov 23, 2015
The Saskatchewan Government has, effective January 1, 2016, formally increased the amount of time residents may be absent from Saskatchewan, from six to seven months.
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NWT Health Coverage Extension
Posted date : Aug 31, 2015
The CSA is pleased to announce that the Northwest Territories (NWT) has recently amended their temporary absence policy to increase coverage for residents on extended vacations. Long-term vacationing residents will 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.
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CSA Clarifies U.S. Travel Rules
Posted date : Jan 21, 2015
In a recent article which appeared on CBC News’ British Columbia website, it was suggested that Canadian citizens are only allowed to spend 120 days in the United States each year. For clarification purposes, the Canadian Snowbird Association would like to remind travellers to the U.S. that this information is incorrect.
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UPDATE Beyond the Border
Posted date : Aug 26, 2014
The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) has recently learned that the full exchange of data on Canadian and American travellers has been delayed.
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Nova Scotia Health Coverage Extension
Posted date : Jul 28, 2014
Beneficiaries of the Nova Scotia Family and Senior’s Pharmacare Program will be able to receive up to three 90 day refills to allow for a 270 day supply of medication for vacation purposes.
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Beyond the Border
Posted date : Jun 18, 2014
On February 4, 2011 the Canadian and U.S. governments issued a declaration known as Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The purpose of the program is to enhance security and increase the legitimate traffic of people, goods and services.
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NB Health Coverage Extension
Posted date : Jun 18, 2014
In 2013, we travelled to New Brunswick to meet with the Minister of Health Ted Flemming, Q.C. and formally requested that the length of time residents can be absent from the province, while still maintaining their provincial health benefits, be extended from six to seven months.
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Seven Months for Alberta Snowbirds
Posted date : Dec 17, 2013
The CSA is pleased to inform all Alberta snowbirds that the Alberta Government has, effective immediately, increased the amount of time residents may be absent from Canada from six to seven months or 212 days while still retaining their provincial health coverage.
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UPDATE: MB Coverage Extension
Posted date : Jul 03, 2013
Manitoba Health increased the length of time Manitoba residents may temporarily reside outside of Canada to a maximum of 7 months in a 12-month period.
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Canadian Retiree Visa Progress
Posted date : Jun 28, 2013
Toronto – The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) applauds the passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation, which contains a provision to increase the amount of time that Canadian retirees are permitted to spend in the United States, was approved by the Senate on June 27, 2013 with a final vote of 68 to 32.
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Guidelines to Writing Government Representatives
Posted date : May 27, 2013
Guidelines to Writing Government Representatives
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Alberta Coverage Extension
Posted date : May 27, 2013
Petition: Alberta Government extend health coverage from six to seven months.
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Proposed Border Fee
Posted date : Apr 22, 2013
The United States government wants Canadians to pay to enter the United States to help ease their desperate financial situation.
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Canadian Retiree Visa Update
Posted date : Apr 19, 2013
The CSA has been working closely with New York Senator Charles Schumer's office for the past 18 months regarding the two month extension for Canadian retirees.
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FAQs - BC Seven Month Absence
Posted date : Apr 18, 2013
FAQs-Seven Month Absence in a Calendar Year for Longer Term Vacationers. Amendments have been made to the maximum period of time a resident can stay out of the province and continue to maintain Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage.
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Florida IDP Repealed
Posted date : Apr 01, 2013
Florida’s legislation requiring foreign drivers to possess an International Driving Permit to legally operate a motor vehicle has been officially repealed.
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UPDATE BC Coverage Extension
Posted date : Mar 15, 2013
The Canadian Snowbird Association has been working tirelessly on your behalf to extend the time that snowbirds from British Columbia can spend outside of the country from 6 to 7 months and still maintain their provincial health coverage.
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Elections BC
Posted date : Mar 05, 2013
Elections BC has fulfilled its commitment to the CSA by improving access to voting rights and availability of government information. With these recent changes to both the vote-by-mail process and the information on the Elections BC website, Elections BC has made voting by mail easier for snowbirds absent from British Columbia.
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BC Coverage Extension
Posted date : Feb 21, 2013
VICTORIA, BC - Amendments introduced today to the Medicare Protection Act will create authority to set regulations that would allow British Columbians who take longer-term vacations out of the province, such as "snow birds", to stay on holidays for an extra period of time.
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International Driving Permit
Posted date : Feb 19, 2013
Despite recent legislative amendments made in Florida, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is NOT REQUIRED in order for a visitor to legally operate a vehicle in the state.
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Tax Change
Posted date : Feb 11, 2013
OTTAWA - The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA), represented by Executive Director Michael MacKenzie were pleased to meet with National Revenue Minister Gail Shea this week to discuss changes at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Starting this year, paper tax forms will no longer be mailed to Canadians unless they request a package by getting in touch with the CRA.
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New Medication Process Assists Snowbirds Travellers
Posted date : Nov 06, 2012
Travellers leaving Saskatchewan for an extended period are now able to get up to six months of prescription drugs processed online through the Saskatchewan Drug Plan, saving them upfront out-of-pocket costs and the inconvenience of seeking reimbursement afterwards.
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