One cycle of publicly funded IVF is now available for Québec residents

Here are a few points to keep in mind…

Bill 73 was recently passed. This means Régie de l’assurance maladie Québec (RAMQ) coverage is provided for one complete in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle and limited to a maximum of six intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles for patients who meet certain requirements.

The following groups are eligible for the fertility project

  • Female–male couples
  • Female–female couples
  • Single women

The program clearly outlines that it was designed to help people who:

  • are insured by the public health insurance plan,
  • have infertility problems or are unable to conceive on their own (single women and female–female couples),
  • have not undergone voluntary sterilization (such as tubal ligation),
  • whose partner has not undergone voluntary sterilization (such as vasectomy or tubal ligation),
  • are age 18 or over when treatment begins,
  • The maximum age for women to receive MAR* treatment is:

    • 41 years less a day to begin treatment
    • 42 years less a day for embryo transfer
  • and who have not received identical insured services since program inception (except in the case of insemination after a live birth).

Please note that Iif you have received MAR* treatment covered by public health insurance before November 15, 2021, these services may be covered for you again as long as you meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

If you are in the process of receiving MAR* treatment when the program begins, you may either:

  • Continue paying for the treatment you started, or
  • Start a fertility project through the program

If you have already begun receiving medically assisted reproduction treatments, this program can cover the cost of the remaining treatments you could receive.

*MAR=medically assisted reproduction

For full details and more information, please visit the Government of Quebec’s Medically Assisted Reproduction page and/or talk to your attending doctor.

The provincial tax credit* remains in effect for eligible patients (no prior children, vasectomy or tubal ligation) up to a maximum of $20,000 based on family income.

Read more on the provincial tax credit * This tax credit applies to one IVF cycle for women age 36 or younger, and up to two IVF cycles for women 37 and older.

Those who are exploring fertility treatments should stay updated with information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment decisions are personal and should be made between you and your healthcare team. Additional information can be found on the CFAS website or guidance issued by local medical or patient associations.