A lot of the bigger companies provide health benefits for full time employees or you can apply for supplementary insurance for yourself and family from Alberta Blue Cross.
Even if you have taxes withheld from your employer or you exceed the amount of tax you owe.
Here is an article from the Canada Revenue Agency for newcomers to Canada: The following information applies only for the first tax year that you are a new resident of Canada for income tax purposes.
After your first tax year in Canada, you are no longer considered a newcomer for income tax purposes.
When arriving in Alberta one of the first things you should do is apply for the Alberta Health Insurance plan.
The Alberta health insurance plan covers most basic health-care services such as doctor visits, xrays, hospital etc.
When applying for Alberta health Insurance you need to provide one of the following documentation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada along with identification such as your birth certificate or passport: It is also recommended that you obtain private insurance when you arrive as there might be a waiting period before getting your health coverage.
You also have to register for a family doctor but if you need a doctor before that you always use a walk-in clinic.
Every time you visit a doctor or a specialist you will need to show them your health card.
To look for updated lists of available GP’s call 1-866-408-5465 (LINK) or visit this website: Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) does not cover everything, e.g.