Birth or adoption
After the birth or the adoption of a child, you must contact RAMQ to check whether your child meets the eligibility requirements to the Health Insurance Plan. If you are covered under the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan, no action is required, unless your child is born outside Québec or was adopted.
Procedure concerning health insurance
Before registering a newborn or an adopted child for the Health Insurance Plan, RAMQ must determine that the child fulfills the eligibility requirements. In that case, RAMQ will issue a Health Insurance Card, giving the child access to insured healthcare services.
In order for your child to have access to health insurance, you or the other parent may have to prove that you intend to stay in Québec with your child for more than 6 months in the year following registration with RAMQ.
Registering a child born in Québec
If you or the other parent are already registered with the plan as residents or temporary residents of Québec, you don't have to register your child if he or she is born in Québec. All you need to do is register your child with the Directeur de l’état civil, using the form obtained from the hospital or given to you by the midwife. The information needed for registering your child with the Health Insurance Plan and, where applicable, for the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan will be sent to RAMQ automatically. Thereafter, RAMQ will assess your child’s eligibility.
If you or the other parent are not eligible for or registered with the Health Insurance Plan at the time RAMQ receives the information from the Directeur de l’état civil to register your child, we will send you a letter asking you to contact us to assess your child's eligibility.
If your child is eligible, you will need to provide documents confirming you and your child's presence in Québec to complete registration for health insurance.
Registering a child born outside Québec
You must take the following steps if your child was born outside Québec and you or the other parent are:
- eligible for the Health Insurance Plan and settled in Québec (your domicile is in Québec)
- eligible for the Health Insurance Plan as persons in Québec for a temporary stay
Fill out and sign the registration form
First, you need to contact RAMQ to obtain the registration form.
When you call, please make sure you have your child's proof-of-identity documents with you.
Gather the required proof-of-identity documents
Attach to the registration form photocopies of the documents attesting to the child's Canadian status.
- If you are a Canadian citizen, a photocopy of one of the following documents:
- Canadian citizenship certificate (card or certificate version)
- Canadian passport identification page
- If you are an Indian recognized by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), a photocopy of the Indian status certificate issued by ISC and a photocopy of the birth certificate.
- If you are a foreign national, a photocopy of the documents issued by the Canadian and Québec immigration authorities. If you are registered for the plan as being in Québec for a temporary stay, only the document issued by the Canadian immigration authorities is required for registering your child.
Send your application to RAMQ
You must mail the registration form and the required documents to RAMQ to the address indicated on the form.
You may be eligible for the Child Assistance measure of Retraite Québec. If so, you must register with Retraite Québec to receive your payments. For further information about the eligibility criteria and the application procedure, please refer to the website of Retraite Québec
Registering an adopted child
Procedure concerning prescription drug insurance
Registering a child born in Québec
If you or the other parent are covered by the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan, you don't have to take any steps with RAMQ to register your child born in Québec. All you need to do is register your child with the Directeur de l’état civil, using the form obtained from the hospital or given to you by the midwife. The information needed for registering your child for the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan will be sent to RAMQ automatically.
Registering a chil born outside Québec or adopted
You must call RAMQ to register your child for the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan if your child:
- is born outside Québec
- is adopted in or outside Québec
If you or the other parent are eligible for a private plan, they must provide coverage under it for their child. They are required to notify their insurer as quickly as possible of the birth or adoption.
Parents temporarily staying in Québec
If you are in Québec for a temporary stay, you are not eligible for the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan. However, your children under age 18 are eligible. They are registered with the plan when you apply for their Health Insurance Card.