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Out-of-Province Travel Support Programs

If you are a PEI Resident (with a valid PEI Health Card) and have received prior approval from Health PEI for out-of-province medical services, you may be eligible for travel assistance under one of the following three programs: 


1) Maritime Bus Program
Islanders requiring out-of-province health care in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick may qualify for fare subsidy to travel with Maritime Bus.


Do I qualify for assistance?
Eligibility is based on total annual net household income*:

Total annual net household income* (CRA line 236)
Bus ticket subsidy
Under $35,000 100%
$35,001 to $50,000   50%

*Household income is based on combined tax returns (both you and your spouse, if applicable) from the immediately preceding tax year - Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment(s) Line 236.


How do I apply for the Maritime Bus Program?
To access the Maritime Bus Program, submit a current Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment(s) with your completed Out-of-Province Travel Support Application [PDF | 92 KB] or apply online at least 10 days prior to out-of-province travel.


What if I have to make multiple trips?
If you are required to make multiple trips, confirmation of this is required.


Can I travel with any other bus or shuttle company?
Health PEI only subsidizes travel with Maritime Bus.


2) Hope Air - Flights Program
Since 1988, Prince Edward Island has partnered with Hope Air, a national charity, to provide free flights to PEI residents who cannot afford the cost of a commercial airline ticket for travel to medical services in another province.


Do I qualify for assistance?
Hope Air will be reviewing all requests for travel support, taking into consideration the following factors:

  • Household income
  • Number of dependents in the household
  • Household expenditures
  • Other (i.e. annual health care-related expenses, frequency of out-of-province travel for health services, etc.)


How do I apply for the Hope Air - Flights Program?
To request a flight, or to refer someone for a flight, you can apply online by completing a Flight Request Form or you can call Hope Air toll-free at 1-877-346-HOPE (4673).

For more information about Hope Air, visit www.hopeair.ca


3) Hope Air - Bridge Toll Program
Beginning December 1, 2016, Hope Air, in cooperation with Health PEI, will subsidize the cost of a Confederation Bridge toll pass for eligible PEI residents (with a valid PEI Health Card) requiring out-of-province transport by private vehicle for medical services in another province.


Do I qualify for assistance?
Hope Air will be reviewing all requests for travel support, taking into consideration the following factors:

  • Household income
  • Number of dependents in the household
  • Household expenditures
  • Other (i.e. annual health care-related expenses, frequency of out-of-province travel for health services, etc.)


How do I apply for the Hope Air - Bridge Toll Program?
To request a bridge toll pass, or to refer someone for a bridge toll pass, you can apply online by completing the Bridge Toll Pass Request Form (coming soon) or you can call Hope Air toll-free at 1-877-346-HOPE (4673).

For more information about Hope Air, visit www.hopeair.ca


What other information is available?


How do I contact the Out-of-Province Travel Support Program?
16 Garfield Street Out-of-Province Travel Support Program
Health PEI
16 Garfield Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-5918
Fax: (902) 620-3072
Email: ooptravelsupport@gov.pe.ca

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