International students are expected to maintain a full set of vaccinations.
Canada has a government-funded, national health care system based on the Canadian Health Act. All international students who study in Canada are required to have health insurance. Medical coverage available to international students varies from province to province, in provinces where international students are not covered under provincial health care plans; you will need to make arrangements for private health insurance coverage.
The provincial health care system in Canada covers basic and preventive medical services, as well as emergency care. As an international student with a valid study visa, you should be eligible for a provincial health care card so that you may access the services.
Applying for and Using Your Insurance Card
- You can get an application form at a doctor’s office, a hospital, pharmacy, or online.
- For medicare treatment of any kind, you need to show your health insurance card.
- You must present it at a hospital or clinic when you or someone in your family requires treatment.
However, there are many medical services that are not covered by the Canadian provincial health care system. These services include dental care, vision care, prescription medications, and some diagnostic testing services.
As an international student studying in Canada, it is advisable that you purchase private health insurance before your trip, to make sure you are covered in all cases.