Northwest Territories

Extended Health Benefits for Seniors Program

Easy application

Tax filing not required

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) sponsors the Extended Health Benefits for Seniors Program to provide eligible residents of the Northwest Territories who are 60 years of age and over access to a range of benefits not covered by hospital and medical care insurance.

Through this program, you receive coverage for eligible prescription drugs, dental services, vision care, medical supplies and equipment. You also receive benefits related to medical travel such as meals, accommodation, travel and ambulance services.

To qualify for the Extended Health Benefits for Seniors Program, you must:

  • Be 60 years of age or over
  • Be Métis or Non-Indigenous
  • Be a permanent resident of the Northwest Territories (NWT)
  • Have a valid NWT Health Care Card

Please note that comparable coverage for seniors is provided to Indigenous Métis residents through the NWT Métis Health Benefit program and provided to First Nations and Inuit Residents of the NWT though the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits Program.

If you have access to benefits under an employer or similar plan, and choose not to use them, you will not be eligible for assistance under the EHB Seniors Program.

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).

To apply for the Extended Health Benefits for Seniors Program:

Last updated: September 15, 2023