Cost of Ambulance Transport

More than 650,000 ambulance transports are performed each year in Québec. However, this service is not free. As such, all ambulance trips to a hospital are normally at the expense of the person being transported, even if the call to the 911 emergency services was made by someone else. Some special governmental measures can apply.

  • The base cost for a Canadian resident carried by ambulance is $125.00 for the initial patient management, plus $1.75 for every kilometre driven to get to the hospital. A $35.00 amount applies to initial management of any additional patient.
  • The base cost for ambulance transport for someone who does not live in Canada is $400.00 for the initial patient management, plus $1.75 for every kilometre driven to get to the hospital.
  • No additional fees are charged for a person accompanying the transported patient.

The Québec government provides much of funding for the prehospital emergency system.

Fees incurred to beneficiaries only represent a fraction of the actual costs of their ambulance transport.

Special Governmental Measures

The Québec government, through its departments and public bodies, bears 100% of the costs of ambulance transport for the following client groups:

The federal government also bears the cost of ambulance transport in some cases, namely: