Ambulance Services

Island EMS provides emergency and non-urgent ambulance service across the province 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cost is subsidized for Island residents with a valid PEI Health Card. Emergency service is fully covered for Island seniors.

Learn about Ambulance Response Times.

What will I pay for ambulance service in PEI?

Emergency Ambulance Service (within PEI) Fees 

PEI Seniors (65+ years): Fee covered
PEI Residents: $150
Non-Residents: $600

Non-Urgent Ambulance Service (within PEI)

PEI Seniors (65+ years): $150
PEI Residents: $150
Non-Residents: $600

The ambulance fee for a physician-referred transfer from one PEI hospital to another is covered.

Will I have to pay for ambulance transport to an out-of-province hospital?

The cost for ambulance service is covered for Island residents who are referred by a PEI physician to an out-of-province hospital for treatment. 

You must pay the full cost if you arrange your own ambulance service and are not deemed to medically require ambulance transportation and paramedic care.

Non-residents will be charged the full cost of the ambulance service. 

What will I pay for ground ambulance transport to an out-of-province hospital?

One-Way Ambulance Service Fees:

To Halifax, St. John, or Fredericton:

PEI Resident (with physician referral): Fee covered
PEI Resident (without physician referral): $800
Non-Resident: $1,080.50

To Moncton:

PEI Resident (with physician referral): Fee covered
PEI Resident (without physician referral): $550
Non-Resident: $691.95

Return Trip Ambulance Service Fees:

To Halifax, St. John, or Fredericton:

PEI Resident (with physician referral): Fee covered
PEI Resident (without physician referral): $1,200*
                                                                  $1,600**

Non-Resident: $2,161

To Moncton:

PEI Resident (with physician referral): Fee covered
PEI Resident (without physician referral): $825*
                                                                  $1,100**

Non-Resident: $1,383.90

*Return trip is within two hours of arriving at destination
**Return trip is over two hours of arriving at destination

What if I am transported by air ambulance?

Emergency air ambulance service is provided to Island residents who are critically ill and require immediate care at an out-of-province specialty hospital. Non-residents are required to pay the full cost of air ambulance services.

Air Ambulance Fees for Out-of-Province Emergency Care:

PEI Residents (with PEI physician referral): Fee covered
Non-resident Canadians: $12,000
Non-Canadians: $18,000

What if I require ambulance service while travelling outside of PEI?

You must pay the full cost of the applicable ambulance or air ambulance fee within the province/territory or country you are visiting. This includes all medical air transports back to Prince Edward Island.

Are ambulance services regulated in PEI?

The Emergency Medical Services Board licenses paramedics according to legislated standards and regulations in the Emergency Medical Technicians Act [PDF | 102 KB]. Health PEI, in partnership with the Department of Health and Wellness, monitors ambulance services to ensure compliance with standards established by the Ambulance Services Act [PDF | 137 KB]. 

How do I contact Ambulance Services?

Emergency Health and Planning Services
16 Garfield Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone:  (902) 368-6719
Fax:  (902) 620-3072

 

Published date: 
July 28, 2015
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PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-6130
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