How to Apply for MSP
Under the Medicare Protection Act, enrolment with the Medical Services Plan (MSP) is mandatory for all eligible residents (including international students) and their dependents.
MSP covers medically required services such as visits to doctors, hospital stays and diagnostic medical testing and is provided through the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).
There is a mandatory three month waiting period before new residents to BC are eligible for coverage under MSP.
In order to address this, we have purchased private insurance through Guard.me. Coverage is backdated to the first day of the month you arrive in Canada plus two additional months for a total of three months coverage.
|Arrival month in Canada||Guard.me coverage dates||When your MSP coverage will begin|
|August 2023||Aug. 1, 2022 - Oct 30, 2023||November 1, 2023|
|January 2024||Jan. 1, 2024 - March 31, 2024||April 1, 2024|
Apply for MSP online
To apply online, you need the following:
- Study permit
- Mobile phone or laptop (with digital copy of your study permit)
You must accept the terms and conditions before you can move to the application.