COVID-19 Immigration and medical insurance updates

March 23, 2020

During this unprecedented time we understand that you have many questions and we are here to provide support.  ISS staff will be working remotely and will remain accessible to support you. 

We understand that there is new information coming in almost hourly as the situation continues to evolve.  At this time it is important to ensure that you stay updated on this information while taking good care of yourselves.  Here we will share with you the most current updates from a Canadian immigration standpoint (e.g. study permit, work permit, visa, travel restrictions) and updates surrounding medical insurance in Canada.  

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a resource outlining how COVID-19 is impacting their operations.  This resource includes information about travel restrictions and immigration-related impacts.  We would recommend bookmarking this website as it is updated as things change. 

Primary Medical Insurance

  • If you are covered by the primary medical insurance plan, please visit the website for the most up to date information about your coverage.  
  • Note that all British Columbia residents (including study permit holders) are required to enroll with the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP), BC’s provincial primary insurance plan.  If you have not yet applied for MSP please visit the MSP website to apply. 
  • If you are covered by MSP, please visit the BC MSP website for information about your coverage.  
  • If you have already applied to extend your study permit and are currently under implied status, MSP has confirmed that individuals who are in BC with an expired work or study permit can contact MSP directly to request a period of temporary MSP coverage.  Individuals should contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage.  For more information please visit the MSP website

Secondary Medical Insurance

  • If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) Health & Dental Plan please visit the Studentcare website for information about your plan. 
  • If you are a graduate student enrolled in the Graduate Student Society (GSS) Benefits Plan please visit the Studentcare website for information about your plan.

If you have questions about any of the above, please contact an International Student Advisor.   We hope you are all safe and healthy and please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.