News Releases

News Releases from CSA or other Governmental and non-governmental agencies:

Posted date : Oct 23, 2019
As the snowbird season gets underway, CSA is reminding Ontario travellers that OHIP’s Out-of-Country (OOC) Travellers Program is scheduled to be terminated on January 1, 2020.

Federal Election Handbook
Posted date : Oct 03, 2019
Federal Election Handbook - On Monday, October 21, 2019 the citizens of Canada will choose their next federal government. As a member of the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA), now is the time to ensure your voice is heard!

Rubio and Scott Introduce the Canadian Snowbirds Act
Posted date : Sep 25, 2019
On Sept 19, 2019, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act, S. 2507 in the U.S. Senate.

Canadian Snowbirds Act
Posted date : Sep 19, 2019
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act, legislation that would allow some Canadian citizens to spend up to eight months a year vacationing in the United States, two months longer than they are allowed to stay now.

Entry/Exit Initiative Update
Posted date : Jul 16, 2019
As of July 11, 2019, the entry/exit initiative has been expanded to include the sharing of information of all travellers including Canadian and American citizens at land ports of entry.

Posted date : May 24, 2019
Notice for Québec snowbirds! - It has come to our attention that there is a discrepancy between the residency rules of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) and the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ).

Posted date : May 03, 2019
After an insufficient 6-day public consultation, the government of Ontario announced on May 1 st of 2019 that they are going to proceed with terminating OHIP's Out-of-Country (OOC) Travellers Program.

Posted date : Apr 24, 2019
The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) announced Wednesday their opposition to the Ontario government’s proposal to terminate OHIP’s Out-of-Country (OOC) Travellers Program.

Posted date : Mar 14, 2019
Snowbird report card reveals most provinces breaching the Canada health act, Check out the NEW -2018 Seventh Edition The Canadian Travellers' Report Card. It is an evaluation of government policy and practice for Canadians who travel..

BC’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax
Posted date : Mar 07, 2019
The speculation and vacancy tax is an annual tax paid by some owners of residential properties in designated taxable regions of B.C. Generally, an owner is exempt from the tax if the residential property is their principal residence, which is the place where the owner lives for a longer period in a calendar year than any other place.

Canadian Snowbird Visa Update
Posted date : Dec 03, 2018
The United States mid-term elections were held on Tuesday November 6, 2018. Democrats made a net gain of at least 40 seats (one House race has not yet been declared) securing a majority in the next Congress. In the U.S. Senate, the Republicans have expanded their majority adding an additional two seats. So, what do these results mean for our Canadian Snowbird Visa initiative?

CSA Director Presentations
Posted date : Nov 12, 2018
Canadian Snowbird Association Directors are available for presentations in your local communities.

Drug Recall - Valsartan
Posted date : Jul 23, 2018
Drugs containing Valsartan are used to treat high blood pressure, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and are also prescribed to persons who have experienced a recent cardiac episode.

Saskatchewan PST on Travel Insurance
Posted date : Mar 13, 2018
Today, we are pleased to announce that Premier Scott Moe will reinstate the PST exemption for agriculture, life and health insurance premiums and that this exemption will be retroactive to August 1, 2017 – the date PST was initially applied to insurance premiums.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guidelines to Writing Government Representatives
Posted date : May 27, 2013
Guidelines to Writing Government Representatives

Alberta Coverage Extension
Posted date : May 27, 2013
Petition: Alberta Government extend health coverage from six to seven months.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.