If you’re beginning your studies in Winter Session 2020, make sure you've been charged for iMED fees by checking your account through the Student Services Centre (SSC).
You are also automatically enrolled in the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan, which you can only use in Canada. Learn about opting out if you will be outside of Canada.
If you will study in Canada
You will receive an email from David Cummings Insurance Services (DCIS) with information related to your iMED health insurance and a request for you to confirm your arrival date in Canada. You must confirm your arrival date with DCIS by following the instructions provided in the email. This applies to you whether you will start Winter Term 1 in Canada or if you will start your program online outside of Canada and will travel at a later date.
If you do not know when you will arrive in Canada, this is not a problem. You do not need to take action until 3 weeks before or after your arrival, and can travel until December 31, 2021.
We recommend that you confirm your arrival date before you travel by providing your scanned flight tickets to DCIS starting from 3 weeks before your arrival date.
You can also confirm your arrival with DCIS up to 3 weeks after you’ve arrived in Canada by providing your scanned flight tickets, boarding pass(es), study permit, passport stamp, or landing documents.
Once you confirm your arrival with DCIS, you will receive your iMED card by email. Confirm the iMED coverage period on your iMED card is correct. iMED coverage should start from the month you arrive in British Columbia plus two months to cover the BC MSP waiting period, or cover the full duration of your program of studies if you are a one-term exchange student or a VIRS student.
If your arrival plans change, you can request an adjustment of your iMED coverage period. Email DCIS immediately to inform them your plans have changed so your coverage can be cancelled. Once you know your new arrival date, submit another iMED arrival date confirmation request online through DCIS website before December 31, 2021. You will receive a new iMED card by email with a new coverage period.
If you will complete your full program online outside of Canada
If you will complete your full program online outside of Canada and will not travel to Canada, you might qualify to opt-out from iMED and have your iMED fees refunded.
Use the 2020 Winter Term 1 iMED Checklist to stay on track of your iMED enrolment status.