Seven provinces provide various forms of financial help for people needing treatment for infertility
— Ontario funds one IVF cycle for women up to age 42. There is no limit on age or the number of treatment cycles for intrauterine insemination (IUI). The province does not cover medications, which it says are about $5,000 per IVF cycle.
— In Quebec, one IVF cycle is funded for womenup to age 41. It also pays for medications as well as freezing and storage of extra embryos for a year.
— Manitoba offers a tax credit equal to 40 per cent of the cost of fertility treatments. Up to $20,000 annually in eligible costs can be claimed, for a maximum annual tax credit of $8,000. There is no limit on the number of treatments.
— Nova Scotia provides the same tax credit as Manitoba and this year extended that benefit for surrogacy expenses.
— Residents of Prince Edward Island are eligible for reimbursement of between $5,000 and $10,000 annually for IVF and/or IUI, including medication, based on family income. Treatment is not available in the province so people can submit a claim after having it elsewhere in Canada. Funding is available up to three times.
— Newfoundland and Labrador's IVF Subsidy Program offers $5,000 per cycle, up to a maximum of three cycles. Some treatment is available in the province but people who must travel elsewhere in the country for IVF can also submit a claim for reimbursement.
— New Brunswick residents can claim 50 per cent of costs for in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination procedures as well as medication, up to a maximum of $5,000 as part of a one-time grant.
— British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the territories do not cover the cost of procedures like IVF or IUI.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 20, 2022.
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