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 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 Guard.me. Coverage is backdated to the first day of the month you arrive in Canada plus two additional months for a total of three months coverage.

Example
Arrival month in CanadaGuard.me coverage datesWhen 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

Apply for MSP online

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 and conditions before you can move to the application. See images of the application pages.