All students must have basic medical insurance that covers them for the entire time they are studying at Selkirk College.
There are 2 kinds of Basic Medical Insurance International Students may have:
Private basic medical insurance:
Covers doctor visits, emergencies and hospital care in Canada. It can be purchased in Canada or in your home country before you arrive.
If purchased in your home country it must provide at least $1,000,000.00 CDN in coverage. If you did not purchase it in your home country, you must purchase it in Canada immediately.
If purchased in Canada, the International Student Services Coordinator can enroll you in Guard Me basic medical insurance before you arrive or upon arrival.
Cost: Guard me will cost $205 for the first three month (as of May 2016). To Learn more, see the International Student Services Coordinator.
Coverage: Information on what is covered by Guard Me basic medical insurance is available here.
BC MSP (BC Medical Services Plan):
BC MSP is basic medical insurance that all residents of BC have. It is also called a “care card”.
After you have been in British Columbia for three months, you can apply for BC MSP.
BC MSP gives you easier access to the BC medical system. Doctor visits, emergencies, and advice on medical issues are free.
See the International Student Services Coordinator to apply.
Cost: MSP costs $75.00 per month (as of January 2016), once you enroll you will be sent a bill each month.
NOTE: Your BC MSP will expire at the same time as your study permit. If you extend your study permit, you must extend your MSP coverage as well.
Visits to the dentist and dental costs are not covered by most Basic Medical Insurance. BC MSP does not cover any dental costs and some emergency dental expenses are covered by private basic medical insurance.
See the International Student Handbook for more information.