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Medical & Dental

If you are a Metis or non-Indigenous NWT resident and over 60 years old, you are eligible for the Extended Health Benefits Seniors’ Program through the GNWT, Health and Social Services.

For more information, see the EHB Seniors’ Program Brochure or to apply for the program, visit the Health and Social Services website.

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Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) programs

NIHB is a national program that provides coverage to registered First Nations and recognized Inuit for a specified range of medically necessary items and services that are not covered by other plans and programs. 

NIHB covers:

  • Dental care

  • Eye & vision care

  • Medical supplies and equipment

  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications

  • Mental health counselling

    • Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at It's toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Assistance with medical transportation to access medically necessary services (contact regional office by calling toll free: 1-888-332-9222

Medical Travel:

The Government of the Northwest Territories will provide medical travel benefits to eligible persons in the NWT who must travel in order to access necessary and appropriate insured health services.


To be eligible for this benefit, travel must originate in the NWT and service must not be available within the resident’s home community. Furthermore, the medical referral from the resident’s home community must be to the nearest insured centre that offers the required treatment.

The medical travel benefit extends only to individuals who do not have similar coverage through an employer or some other program. The benefit provides for return airfare, inter-facility ambulance services on emergency medical evacuations, and limited support for meals, accommodation and ground transportation.”

If you have any questions about medical travel, find the representatives you should contact by clicking the button below.

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