The administration and delivery of health care services is the responsibility of each province or territory, guided by the provisions of the Canada Health Act. The provinces and territories fund these services with assistance from the federal government in the form of fiscal transfers.
Health care services include insured primary health care (such as the services of physicians and other health professionals) and care in hospitals, which account for the majority of provincial and territorial health expenditures.
The provinces and territories also provide some groups with supplementary health benefits not covered by the Act, such as prescription drug coverage. The level and scope of coverage for supplementary benefits varies between jurisdictions.
For links to provincial and territorial health ministries, click on your area of residence on the map below or view list of links to provincial/territorial ministries of health.
Health cards (also called Care Cards), are a provincial responsibility. For information on how to apply for a health card, click on your province or territory of residence below: