Can you provide a link for this, it would help others.
Sorry, I don't have a link. I called AB health care in Edmonton to find out if I could be added as a dependent to my husband's health care. I was told that I would be covered from landing (which like Leon said is different than other provinces). I was also told that as a visitor I qualified, I just needed to send in a document recording my landing. Someone used the correct term earlier - visitor's record? Along with my passport, and a bill showing my husband had residence in AB such as a utility bill. This was all confirmed by a lawyer in BC that I had an offhand conversation with. But again, I only have verbal affirmation, the application appears to support my claim as well, as it only requires 3 pieces of documentation - a bill from your residence in either the applicant or spouse's name, a passport (doesn't have to be Canadian), and a document showing you're in AB for an extended duration, even as a visitor (visitor's record is listed as qualifying).
According to the application, "A permanent Alberta resident is a person who has the legal right to remain in Canada, makes Alberta his/her permanent home, and is committed to being physically present in Alberta for at least 183 days in a 12-month period."
Apparently, according to the above, a visitor can make AB their permanent home.
However, this is why having a visitor's record allowing 8 or 12 months (rather than just 6) is important, because 183 days is right at 6 months.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and I have no legal experience in Canada, I'm just repeating what I've been verbally told. Hope it helps.
Here's a link to the application: