Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents
Note: Both Primary Insurance and Secondary Insurance are required.
Canadian students who do not plan to take up permanent residence in BC may be able to remain on your home province's medical plan. Check with your home province.
If you are not able to remain on your home province’s coverage, you must apply for the BC's Medical Services Plan.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident moving to Canada, you must apply for the BC's Medical Services Plan. You must also ensure that you have medical insurance during the waiting period coverage gap.
What is BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?
Students staying in BC for 6 months or longer are required to enrol in the British Columbia Medical Services Plan under the Medicare Protection Act. There is a wait period of 2-3 months for newcomers. In order to be covered during the wait period you may purchase a private medical insurance plan through guard.me.
BC MSP provides primary medical coverage such as:
- services provided by a doctor
- X-rays, lab tests (as required by a doctor)
- emergency dental and oral surgery in hospital
How and when can I apply for MSP?
To apply for BC MSP, complete the MSP Application for Enrolment form and mail it directly to BC MSP OR submit it to the ISS office (MBC 1200) during the following periods:
Spring term: January 1 - 30
Summer term: May 1- 30
Fall term: September 1 - 30
Please note there is a wait period of 2-3 months for newcomers. In order to be covered during the wait period you may purchase a private medical insurance plan through guard.me.
How does BC MSP work?
Once enrolled, BC MSP will mail you a BC Services Card along with an invoice to pay. Payments may be made monthly or in advance. Payments are made directly to BC MSP, not through SFU.
When visiting a health clinic or hospital, you will be asked to show your BC Services Card as proof of enrollment. You will not be required to pay for the visit, they will bill BC MSP directly.
What is the GSS Benefit Plan?
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) health and dental plan is in place to complement primary medical coverage (ie. BC MSP). Coverage includes: vision, dental, health, and travel benefits.
How and when can I opt out of the GSS Benefit Plan?
You may opt out of the GSS extended health plan if you have existing secondary coverage in BC. To opt out, you will be required to upload proof of coverage on the GSS Health and Dental website during the Change-of-Coverage Period. This will be during the first two weeks of each term.
Please visit their website for more information.
How can I make claims?
You can submit health and dental claim forms directly to the insurance company. You may also file claims online through the ihaveaplan mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, click here.
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