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Sask. Health Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

The CSA is pleased to announce that 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 (over any 12-month period), while still retaining continuous provincial health coverage.

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NWT Health Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

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.

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Nova Scotia Health Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

Effective August 1, 2014, residents of Nova Scotia will be able to spend up to seven months outside of the province, each calendar year, and still retain their Medical Services Insurance (MSI) coverage.

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NB Health Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is pleased to report that effective May 16, 2014, eligible residents of New Brunswick may now be absent from their home province for up to 212 days, for vacation and visiting purposes, and still retain their Medicare coverage.

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UPDATE: MB Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

We requested the Manitoba government extend the time Manitoba residents could spend outside the country from 6 to 7 months and still retain their provincial health coverage.

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Alberta Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

Dear Alberta Snowbirds, As you may have heard, the CSA has been successful in our most recent campaign in British Columbia related to increasing out-of-country stays.

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UPDATE BC Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

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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BC Coverage Extension

Posted date : Aug 19, 2019

VICTORIA – 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 “snowbirds”, to stay on holidays for an extra period of time.

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How long can we stay in the USA?

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

I would like some clarification on how long we can stay in the United States. I live in Ontario. Some people tell me six months, while others say seven months. I also heard that our Ontario health coverage expires if we are out of the province for more than six month. Is this true? Your […]

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Exceeding 182 days for medical reasons

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Similar to many other Canadian Snowbirds, my wife and I spend 179-180 days in the U.S. every winter, saving 2 or 3 days in case something unforeseen should happen, so as not to exceed the 182 days allowed by the B2 visa. Since Canadian and U.S. border services now share or will […]

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