MSI Eligibility

As of August 1, 2014 Nova Scotia residents are permitted out of the province for vacation by one additional month. This will allow Nova Scotians to have a vacation outside of the province for 7 months in each calendar year and continue to be eligible for Medical Services Insurance (MSI). Vacationers are required to inform MSI of their absence by telephoning 902-496-7008 (local) or 1-800-563-8880 (toll-free) or submitting an email to msi@medavie.ca.

To be eligible for Nova Scotia Medical Service Insurance benefits you must be:

  • a Canadian Citizen or "Permanent Resident" (Landed Immigrant);
  • a resident who makes his/her permanent home in Nova Scotia;
  • present in the province 183 days every calendar year; and
  • registered with MSI. 

The following individuals are not eligible for coverage:

  • Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (however, family members are eligible);
  • tourists and visitors to the province;
  • students from another province; and
  • inmates of federal penitentiaries.

Please refer to the section Moving to Nova Scotia from Outside Canada if you are a Non-Canadian.

If you are a full-time student from another Canadian province, you are not eligible for MSI coverage. Your home province will continue to provide coverage as long as you are a student. Contact your home province to ensure your coverage is maintained.

Proof of citizenship or immigration status is required for the application process. To complete an application please contact the MSI Registration at:

902-496-7008 or toll free within Nova Scotia 1-800-563-8880

Mailing address: PO Box 500, Halifax NS B3J 2S1
Location address: 230 Brownlow Ave, Dartmouth NS