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As an international student your child is required to have health care cover in case they fall ill or are injured during their stay in Canada.

Each Navitas College offers medical insurance to help cover your child’s medical bills while they study.

Guard.Me Health Insurance at Simon Fraser University is a private medical insurance provider and all incoming students are automatically set up for coverage. Students are provided with coverage for medical issues including hospitalization and emergencies. The policy does not cover eye and dental care, therefore, we advise they have a full check up before arriving in Canada.

MSP (Medical Services Plan of British Columbia) is a publicly run medical insurance program. Students must be in British Columbia for 3 months before being eligible to apply. MSP covers medical issues including hospitalization and emergencies. The policy does not cover eye and dental care.

Students will have coverage for their first 16 months in British Columbia. Before coverage expires, they can choose to use extend their coverage with or choose to use MSP instead.

Your child can find details about coverage by going to their website. In addition, FIC advisors will cover details of their coverage during Orientation Day and will have medical workshops throughout the semester.

To find out when their coverage will start, please visit this website.

Manitoba health coverage

Effective April 1, 2012, international students studying in Manitoba are eligible for provincial health coverage from Manitoba Health and do not require separate health insurance.

International students may be eligible for free medical insurance under Manitoba Health, to get this health cover, the student must provide a valid study permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and they must live or be living in the province of Manitoba for a minimum of 6 months in a 12-month period. Eligible students are entitled to the exact same health care coverage as other Manitoba residents.

Supplemental medical insurance may be purchased upon arrival in Manitoba if students choose to include other medical benefits that may not be covered by the Manitoba Health coverage provided.

Your child's health care will cover:
  1. Visits to your health care provider

  2. Surgery

  3. Diagnostic tests

  4. If you are hospitalized, the province will also cover:

    • Accommodation and meals at the standard level
    • Nursing services
    • Diagnostic and lab tests
    • Medications given in the hospital
    • Costs associated with surgery, including anaesthesia and surgical supplies
    • Occupational, speech and physiotherapy, and Dietary counselling

It will not cover any dental or optical work so make sure they have a full check up in your home country before arriving in Canada.

Health Care

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Vandita Bhargava
Country Manager - India

Phone: +91-11-42029840
Mobile: +91-8130922556
Email: [email protected]

Got a question? I’m here to help!

My name is Vandita Bhargava. I’ve been working for Navitas here in India for many years. I’m here to help your child make the right choice about where to study in Canada. You can contact me at any time to discuss your child’s study options in Canada, or at one of our colleges worldwide.