Fertility subsidy program

Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services administers the fertility subsidy program on behalf of the provincial government. The subsidy provides $5,000 per In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle to applicants who meet clinical eligibility, up to a maximum of three IVF cycles throughout their lifetime.

What we do

Services included in the subsidy program may include: IVF, frozen embryo transfer, donor egg cycles, donor embryo cycles, oocyte cryopreservation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and gestational carrier cycles as well as medications associated with these services. The services must be provided at a clinic of the applicant’s choosing located within Canada, and is retroactive to August 4, 2021. Travel expenses are not included.

Who we see

Individuals who are patients of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services program.

Our team

Our team is comprised of the following health-care professionals:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Laboratory technologists

How to access this service

This service is available by application form: Fertility Subsidy Application (PDF)

Where we are

Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services
Major’s Path Clinic
Suite 103
35 Major’s Path
St. John’s, NL
A1A 4Z9

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to reach us

Phone: 709-777-5070
Email: fertility.services@easternhealth.ca

Frequently asked questions

What is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)?

ART includes fertility treatments in which either oocytes or embryos are handled. ART procedures involve surgically removing oocytes from a patient’s ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and then returning them to the recipient’s uterus or freezing them for later use, a process called cryopreservation. ART has grown to include the cryopreservation of oocytes as a means of fertility preservation.

ART does not include treatments in which only sperm is handled, such as with intrauterine insemination, or procedures where a patient takes medication to stimulate oocyte production without the intention of having the oocytes retrieved.

Do I need to be patient of Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services (NLFS) to receive the fertility subsidy?

Yes. Please speak with your family physician, specialist, or nurse practitioner regarding a referral to NLFS. Your consultation can be scheduled in-person or via telehealth.

What fertility treatments are covered under the fertility subsidy?

ART procedures included in this subsidy program are:

  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Frozen embryo transfer
  • Donor egg cycles
  • Donor embryo cycles
  • Oocyte cryopreservation
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and sperm extraction procedures for ART
  • Gestational carrier cycles where the intended parent(s) are resident(s) of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and all parties are residents of Canada

The eligible expenses are limited to fertility treatment at a Canadian ART clinic and prescribed medications associated with this treatment, which are not covered by private insurance. All third party reproduction cycles such as donor egg or embryo cycles must adhere to the rules and regulations as outlined by Health Canada.

What is an IVF cycle?

IVF is the most commonly performed ART procedure. An IVF cycle is a series of steps including ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer or embryo cryopreservation. The fertility subsidy supports the “egg retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer or cryopreservation” portion of the IVF cycle that requires travel out of province.

Who can support a gestational carrier cycle?

The subsidy recipient needs to be a resident of NL and patient of NLFS. The gestational carrier needs to be a resident of Canada/Canadian citizen.

Can I choose the ART clinic that I attend?

Yes. You can choose to attend any ART clinic within Canada. If you would like more information on Canadian ART clinics, please speak with a nurse or physician at NLFS.

How do I apply for the fertility subsidy?

You can apply for this subsidy by submitting an application package to NLFS. Please submit the following documents:

  • Fertility subsidy application form
  • Original or copy of original receipts for ART treatment and related expenses up to a maximum of $5,000 per treatment
  • Expense claim form (please number receipts to match each expense listed.)
  • Request for cheque and electronic fund transfer forms (please complete both forms.)

Where do I access the application form?

You can access the application form here, or email fertility.services@easternhealth.ca and an application package will be sent to you. You can also pick up an application package at NLFS.

How do I submit my application package for the fertility subsidy?

You can submit your application package to NLFS either via email, via mail, or in-person.

Our email address is:


Our mailing address is:

Newfoundland and Labrador Fertility Services
Major’s Path Clinic, Suite 103
35 Major’s Path
St. John’s, NL A1A 4Z9

How much funding can I apply for to cover the cost of my fertility treatment?

You can apply for a subsidy of $5,000 per treatment, for up to a maximum of three $5,000 subsidies (totaling $15,000) for treatments throughout your lifetime.

Can I combine the funding to use for one treatment?

No, funds cannot be combined to use during one treatment.

Are my costs covered to travel to/from the ART clinic?

Travel expenses will be considered when treatment costs are less than the $5,000 subsidy.

Are my costs covered for medication?

Only prescribed medications in combination with the ART treatment received out of province is eligible for coverage.

Can I submit receipts for multiple treatments at one time?

Yes, but you will need to submit a separate application for each treatment cycle.

If approved, when will I receive my reimbursement?

You can anticipate receiving your reimbursement 30-60 days after we receive your completed application package.

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Last updated: 2022-07-08