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After Arrival: Medical Insurance

What is MSP?

MSP stands for Medical Services Plan and it is BC’s public health insurance plan. Canada offers high-quality healthcare. The medical services are clean, safe and easy to access. In most cases, you will not have to pay at the time you seek medical care when you show your BC Services Card. For a full list of your medical and health care benefits, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/benefits

Why do I need MSP? 

All international students in Canada must have health insurance, and this isn’t optional. Health insurance could save your finances (and your life) in the event of a medical emergency.

If you live in BC for 6 months or more, you must apply for MSP cover.

When do I need to apply for MSP? 

You must apply for MSP as soon as you arrive in BC. Your coverage may start three months after your arrival date in British Columbia. You should get private health care insurance while you wait.

What is not covered?

MSP does not cover dental care, prescription drugs, routine vision care (such as eye examinations or corrective lenses), or travel. 

What is the cost? 

$75.00 per month, per student, effective Jan. 1, 2020


For more information on MSP: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents

To start your MSP application at: https://my.gov.bc.ca/msp/enrolment/check-eligibility