Medical Insurance & Coverage

Okanagan College requires that all international students have valid medical coverage for the duration of their studies.

Find out what kind of medical insurance you need and how to enroll.

 Guard.me medical insurance 

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  •  Medical cards will be sent electronically to your myOkanagan account. 

  • All new international & exchange students are automatically enrolled with ‘Bridge Coverage’ for 3 months + ~ 5 days before start of semester

  • Returning students are automatically re-enrolled with guard.me if opt-out or proof of MSP has not been received. 

  • Cost to student is $2/day charged to student account

  • Short term students and those without a study permit will remain on Guard.me coverage for duration of studies

  • Early arrivals can purchase additional coverage online for up to 1 month before semester start.

  • Dependent spouse & children can be included in coverage

  • More Information: www.guard.me/oc


Medical Services Plan (MSP)

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  • For students with a study permit who will study for 1 year or more

  • Apply online soon after you arrive in Canada at the Orientation sessions – processing takes about 1 month

  • Coverage starts after a 3 month wait period

  • Monthly premiums determined by BC government and billed directly to students to your local home address

  • Continuous coverage while on Study Permit / Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and beyond

  • See our online guide: ‘How to Apply for MSP

  • Click Here to Apply for MSP

  • More Information and Contacts: MSP 


 Extended Health and Dental Plan

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  • Administered by your Student Union office (OCSU or VSAOC in Vernon)
  • Enrollment and fees are mandatory for all full time academic students

  • Mandatory additional coverage (Green Shield/ Great-West Life)

  • Online Opt-out is available if you are covered by an equivalent plan (such as by your employer).

  • Guard.me or MSP do not replace the Extended Health & Dental Plan.

  • More information and contacts: Student Organizations

 

 

Contact Us

International Education office (Kelowna)

Tel: (250) 862-5443

Email: intedmed@okanagan.bc.ca