Newfoundland and Labrador

Medical Transportation Assistance Program

Easy application

Tax filing not required

Prerequisite(s) required

To get this benefit you need to first apply for the following benefit(s) if you're eligible:

Medical Care Plan beneficiaries required to travel for specialized insured medical services may be eligible to apply for financial assistance under Medical Transportation Assistance Program for airfare (and related eligible taxi fares); private vehicle usage; purchased registered and private accommodations (and related meal allowance); busing and use of ferries based on program criteria (deductibles may apply).

Recent changes to MTAP effective April 1, 2021 include:

Private Accommodation Benefit and Meal Allowance

  • MTAP will provide clients a $25 nightly accommodations benefit and a $29 meal allowance when staying with family and/or friends during medical travel.

Private Vehicle Usage Component

  • MTAP will reduce deductible kilometres for all private vehicle usage claims within a 12-month period from 1,500 to 500.

Complete information on MTAP, including how the program works, eligibility criteria, application and document requirements, recent changes and allowable expenses can all be found in the Medical Services Brochure.

Medical Transportation Assistance for Income Support Clients

Medical transportation assistance for Income Support clients had previously been provided under a separate program operated by the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

In 2018, administration of that program was transferred to the Department of Health and Community Services. Income Support recipients who are required to travel to receive health care services should contact HCS at 1-833-729-6106 for further information.

To be eligible for the MTAP:

  • You must have a valid Medical Care Plan number.
  • Your out-of-pocket travel costs were to access specialized insured medical services which are not available in your immediate area of residence and/or within the Province.
  • Your travel must be to/from your Newfoundland and Labrador place of residence to qualify.

Health card

For example:

  • valid health card with no photo, name and address
  • valid health card with photo, name and address
  • MCP (Medical Care Plan) number
  • Valid ambulance/dental services card
  • Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour identification number
  • Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour file number (Income Support Card).

A beneficiary can make an application for financial assistance by completing one or more of the following applicable claim forms:

  1. Airfare and Purchased Registered/Private Accommodations
    • Airfare
    • Accommodations
    • Meal Allowances
    • Taxis (when used in conjunction with airfare),
    • Car Rentals
    • Scheduled Transportation Services (when used in conjunction with private vehicle)
  2. Private Vehicle Usage
  3. Partial Pre-Payment of Economy Airfare

Once completed, a beneficiary can mail or email their application(s) with the required supporting documentation and official receipts for allowable expenses to the following:

Medical Transportation Assistance Program
Department of Health and Community Services
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 8700,
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Last updated: August 24, 2023