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. Note that you can set up email forwarding from your myBCIT inbox to your personal email address.
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.
Focus on your well-being
While transitioning to life in a new place can be exciting, it can also be full of challenges and you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or even home sick at some point.
Look through our Well-being Guide for international students to learn about resources to help you stay in good health, both physically and mentally.
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.
If you meet certain conditions including maintaining a full-time academic status, your study permit may authorize you to work in Canada. However, there may be limits on the location, types of employers, and/or hours that you may work per week.
Carefully review our Work Eligibility page for detailed information about this.
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