All international students are required to enroll in the Medical Services Plan (MSP) provided by Health Insurance BC. Newly arrived students are eligible for coverage after completing a waiting period of 30-90 days. During this waiting period, students should purchase private health insurance instead. Students with no medical insurance or invalid coverage will not be permitted to attend class.
Beginning January 1, 2017, there will be no MSP premiums charged for students under the age of 19 years.
For your information: The renewal or new application on MSP, starting February 15, 2013 the provincial government has introduced the BC Services Card. The BC Services Card replaced the CareCard and can be combined with your driver’s license. It is a secure government-issued identification that British Columbians can use as proof of their identity and access provincially-funded health services. In the future, the BC Services Card will provide in-person and online access to other government services. Visit BC Ministry of Health for more info.