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Provincial Prescription Drugs Insurance Programs

The provincial and territory governments in Canada each provide some form of assistance for the purchase of prescription drugs. The prescription drugs insurance programs vary widely from province to province, but most often include seniors, provincial residents on social assistance and some groups with specific diseases.

Alberta Prescription Drugs
The Alberta government contracts with Alberta Blue Cross to provide supplemental health benefits, including prescription drugs, to select client groups, such as Alberta seniors and Albertans on income support.

British Columbia PharmaCare
The British Columbia provincial government drug insurance program - who qualifies, what is covered, how reimbursements work, and the costs and benefits to British Columbia taxpayers.

Manitoba Pharmacare
Who qualifies and how to apply for the Manitoba government prescription drug benefits program.

New Brunswick Prescription Drugs Program
Information on benefits, beneficiary groups and dispensing fees for the New Brunswick government prescription drugs plans.

Newfoundland Prescription Drugs Program
The Newfoundland and Labrador government subsidizes the purchase of prescription drugs and some medical supplies for select groups. There are five main plans - the Foundation Plan, 65Plus Plan, Access Plan, Assurance Plan and Select Needs Plan.

Northwest Territories - Extended Health Benefits for Seniors
The Northwest Territories government provides extended health benefits for prescription drugs for select groups, including seniors.

Nova Scotia Pharmacare
The Nova Scotia Pharmacare program provides assistance to Nova Scotians to help pay for prescription drugs.

Nunavut Health and Social Services
Nunavut government department responsible for the delivery of health care services and programs to the residents of Nunavut.

Ontario Public Drug Programs
Ontario has six different drug programs that may pay some of the cost of prescription drugs for qualified applicants.

PEI Prescription Drugs Programs
The Prince Edward Island government assists with the cost of prescription drugs through a variety of programs.

Quebec Prescription Drugs Insurance
Prescription drug insurance is compulsory in Quebec and is provided either through private insurance plans or through the public plan.

Saskatchewan Drug Plan
Saskatchewan residents with valid Saskatchewan health insurance coverage may be eligible for reduced costs on prescription drugs.

Yukon Pharmacare
The Yukon Pharmacare program provides coverage of prescription drugs for Yukon residents over 65 and their spouses over 60 who are not covered by other insurance.

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