The BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the provincial government program that provides basic medical benefits.
Everyone living in British Columbia for more than six months is required to enrol in MSP, except students with existing coverage from another Canadian province or territory.
If you come to British Columbia without coverage under MSP or another provincial or territorial health plan and will be here for six months or longer, you should apply for MSP immediately upon your arrival.
As there is a three-month waiting period before MSP coverage will start, you must ensure you have basic health insurance for those first three months in British Columbia. Canadian citizens or permanent residents are advised to join the Global Campus Health Plan during that three-month MSP waiting period.