Health & Emergency Services

For information about how health care works in Canada, click here.

Residents of Nova Scotia need a Nova Scotia Health Card. To register for a Health Card in Nova Scotia, you must call the MSI Registration and Enquiry Department at 902-496-7008 or 1-800-563-8880 (toll-free within Nova Scotia) to start the application process. Blank applications are not available. More information can be found here.

How to get a family doctor 

Need a Family Practice Registry is for people in Nova Scotia who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner. There is no set timeframe determining when you’ll be assigned to a doctor – it could be weeks or months. Registering on this site puts your name in the queue and you’ll be contacted when there is an availability. 

In any major emergency call 911

If you go to the emergency room, be sure to have your Nova Scotia Health Card with you.

Hurricane Preparedness

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, with September being the most active month historically. Please see below for useful supports and resources related to local hurricane preparedness:

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Last Modified: September 13, 2023