Get information that is essential for all newcomers to Canada


Residents of Manitoba are eligible for government health coverage. Newcomers should apply for Manitoba Health Card which they have to show every time they need medical services. Some services are not covered by the Government of Manitoba, but most employers provide additional health insurance.

After obtaining health coverage, a new resident of Manitoba has to find a family physician. Family doctors can prescribe drugs and refer their patients to specialists or to hospitals if necessary. The Family Doctor Connection Program provides an up-to-date list of Winnipeg family physicians accepting new patients. You can contact the Program by calling 204-786-7111.

If you haven’t found a family doctor, you can go to a walk-in clinic. Doctors at walk-in clinics can also give prescriptions and refer patients to specialists and hospitals.

For a list of hospitals and facilities in Winnipeg click here.

In case of medical emergency call 9-1-1. To receive an ambulance service, you have to pay about $300.