BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Anyone who is a resident of BC for over 6 months is eligible and legally required to apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP). You should apply as soon as you arrive in BC. Once your application has been processed and your coverage waiting period has passed you will receive a BC Services Card, which you can use to access medical services and also for identification purposes.
BCIT ID card & BC provincial identification
To go about daily life in BC, it’s important to have some local identification such as a Social Insurance Number, BC Services Card or Drivers Licence. Note that a BC Services Card will be mailed to you after you enrol in MSP.
myBCIT Online & myBCIT Mobile
myBCIT Online is a student portal where BCIT students can access their unofficial transcripts, tax forms, @my.bcit.ca email inbox and much more.
myBCIT Mobile is the companion app, which offers some additional tools not available in myBCIT Online such as course information, chat groups, etc.
We encourage students to log in to both on a regular basis.
Internet, phone & cable services
There are many service providers in Metro Vancouver that offer internet, mobile phone, landline phone, cable television, etc. You may be able to get a discount for being a student or by bundling together several services from one company. If a contract is required, make sure that you fully understand it before signing.
Other resources for newcomers
Learn more by visiting the following sites:
- WelcomeBC – detailed information about the many resources available for newcomers to BC
- WorkBC – job listings and information about BC’s economy and labour market
- HelloBC – local travel information
- MOSAIC – a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years