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NWT Health Care Plan more flexible for Snowbirds

YELLOWKNIFE (August 12, 2015) – Residents on extended vacations now have an extra month of extra days allowing them to be outside the territory without their health coverage being affected.

As long as residents maintain their permanent residency in the NWT, residents will now only need to be physically present in the NWT for 153 days, down from the 183 day limit and is consistent with what several other provinces are doing.

“Snowbirds and other residents now have the flexibility to go on extended vacations without having to worry about their NWT health care coverage,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy.

The GNWT has also simplified the NWT Health Care Plan application process by making the forms clearer and easier to use. The forms are more user-friendly and include an important information section that clearly sets out what documents need to be included with the application.

The improvements to the forms will make it easier for residents to update their health care information and will speed up the process for receiving new health care cards.

In addition to the forms, an information booklet, NWT Health Care Plan – Information for NWT Residents was developed to provide the public with general information on registering for a NWT Health Care Card and health care coverage.

Both the forms and the booklet are available online at The forms will also be available at hospitals, health clinics and health centres.

For more information contact:

Damien Healy,
Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 767-9052 (Ext. 49034)