|When to apply||Immediately after receiving your new immigration document (for example, a study permit extension or a post-graduation work permit) or after arriving in British Columbia from a trip outside the province|
|Cost||$75 per month for study permit holders|
Coverage begins once the MSP extension application has been processed
|How to apply||
Apply online (recommended) or by mail.
Review the UBC MSP Extension Guide.
International students: Copy of valid study permit OR work permit (such as post-graduation or spouse/partner work permit)
Canadian students: Copy of proof of status (e.g. Canadian PR card, record of landing, confirmation of permanent residence letter, Canadian passport, birth certificate, citizenship card, or citizenship certificate)
Family members: Copy of visitor record, study permit, spouse/partner work permit, or passport stamp showing arrival date to Canada
Additional documents may be needed.
How to extend your BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Overview of process
How having maintained status impacts your coverage
If you applied for a new immigration document before the old one expired, such as a study or work permit, you remain in Canada and you won’t receive the new one before your old document expires, you will have “maintained status" (formerly called "implied status"). Since your BC MSP will end on the expiry date of your current immigration document, you must take action to get health insurance coverage before your MSP expires. Without valid health insurance, you will need to pay for any health services. See how to get temporary coverage.
You might not be able to be covered under MSP until you provide proof of your new immigration document such as a copy of your study permit or post-graduation work permit, and are re-enrolled.
Tips for the process
The easiest way to apply is online.
If you are on implied status, include a copy of the IRCC submission confirmation (PDF) confirming that they received your application. To find your confirmation, log in to your MyCIC account. See the MSP page for more details.
Temporary BC residents (such as international students and workers) will typically be issued a non-photo BC Services Card (formerly known as “BC CareCard”). Carry your card with you as well as a digital or paper copy of your valid study permit or work permit (such as post-graduation or spouse/partner work permit).
Get important information on MSP
Learn about how to maintain your MSP coverage, how to make payments, what happens if you will be outside of BC and more.
If you have questions
To confirm your eligibility and coverage, contact MSP.
For all other questions related to International health insurance, connect with International Student Advising.
International Student Guide
Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC's Vancouver campus.