Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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 (3) 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 Coverage is backdated to first day of month you arrive in Canada + two (2) additional months for a total of three (3) months coverage.


Arrival month in Canada coverage dates When your MSP coverage will begin
December 2017 Dec. 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018

March 1, 2018

January 2018 Jan. 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

April 1, 2018


How to Apply for MSP

To apply online, you need the following:

  • Study permit
  • Mobile phone or laptop (with digital copy of your study permit) 

Apply for MSP Online (You must accept the “Terms & Conditions” before you can move to the application). See images of the application pages, below.

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