About us

Alberta Blue Cross® at a glance

As the largest provider of health benefits in Alberta, we believe we have the potential and responsibility to impact people’s lives for the better. We believe all communities should thrive and we are committed to serving as a champion for wellness by supporting the health of our customers.

At a glance

1948

An independent, not-for-profit health benefits provider formed in 1948.

1.8M

More than 1.8 million Alberta residents have Alberta Blue Cross® coverage.

Top 40

Ranks among Alberta’s 40 largest Alberta-based corporations in recognition of the significant role it plays in the provincial economy.

5 locations

Alberta Blue Cross® has offices in five Alberta locations. Edmonton (head office), Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge.

15K+

Alberta Blue Cross® administers almost 15,700 employer group plans, which service businesses with as few as 2 employees as well as many major employers.

1.4K+

Alberta Blue Cross® employs more than 1,400 Albertans.

$3.5B

In 2022, Alberta Blue Cross® processes more than 77.2 million claim lines with a value exceeding $3.5 billion.

Facts and figures

Member of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans, as well as the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association (U.S.) and the International Federation of Health Plans.

In 1948, 100 per cent of Alberta Blue Cross® business was related to hospitalization benefits. Today, that figure is less than 1 per cent, with the following 12 benefit lines offered:

  • prescription drugs,
  • extended health (such as preferred hospital accommodation, ambulance and home nursing),
  • dental,
  • vision,
  • travel,
  • employee assistance programs,
  • spending accounts,
  • expatriate coverage for international employees,
  • life insurance*,
  • disability insurance*,
  • critical illness*,
  • accident insurance*.

* offered through Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada.

Alberta Blue Cross® administers programs on behalf of the provincial, territorial and federal governments such as

  • Alberta Health (Coverage for Seniors, Non-Group Coverage, Optical Assistance for Seniors);
  • Alberta Human Services;
  • Government of the Northwest Territories; and
  • Veterans Affairs Canada.

Alberta Blue Cross® provides personal health plans for Albertans of all ages who are self-employed or without employer-sponsored health benefits.

We have been recognized as having one of Canada’s healthiest workplaces through the achievement of the Excellence Canada Healthy Workplace Silver Award and the Caring Company Certification. We have also ranked as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers, one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Alberta’s Top 10 Most Loved Brands, one of Alberta’s Most Respected Organizations, the most trusted insurance brand in Canada and one of Canada’s Top 100 brands.

In the past decade we introduced new plans and options for all our product lines and now offer a health benefit plan for every Albertan.

We play an active role in fostering the health and wellness of Albertans by leading and participating in a variety of community wellness promotion initiatives across Alberta.

2024

Alberta Blue Cross® encourages Alberta Indigenous communities to apply for a $50,000 Built Together grant

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Alberta Blue Cross® is encouraging Indigenous communities across Alberta to apply for the Built Together grant program. The program provides a $50,000 grant annually to an Alberta Indigenous community to promote wellbeing by supporting active living infrastructure. Since its creation in 2013, Built…
2024

Alberta Blue Cross® and Alberta Lung are joining together on 2024 World No Tobacco Day, which is May 31, to call more attention to the dangers of youth vaping.

“Since the introduction of vaping products, we know that vaping among Alberta youth rose to 35 per cent in 2020 from 19 per cent seven years earlier—and is likely still on the rise,” says Brian Geislinger, senior vice-president of Corporate Relations and Community Engagement with Alberta Blue Cross®. “Both parents…
2024

Alberta Blue Cross® teams up with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region on Menstrual Hygiene Day to normalize menstruation as a normal everyday part of life

In recognition of today being Menstrual Hygiene Day, Alberta Blue Cross® is teaming up with United Way to address period poverty in our communities. Menstrual health is a fundamental aspect of human rights, dignity and public health. Menstrual Hygiene Day, observed annually on May 28, raises awareness to help continue…