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Notice: major changes to our Guard.me private medical insurance enrolment procedures for newly admitted international students in full-time programs

Until further notice, Guard.me private medical insurance enrolments for newly admitted international students are being postponed because:

  1. Travel restrictions may make it impossible for many new international students to travel to Canada this summer or fall
  2. We want to make sure that international students will have medical insurance when they actually are able to travel to Canada

To be clear, newly admitted international students still need to pay the International Health Insurance (INHI) Fee unless they are eligible to opt out. However, we are committing great efforts to be as flexible and accommodating as possible in order to make sure that students are enrolled in Guard.me medical insurance when they need it.

However, these changes mean that students will have one added responsibility: to confirm with us whenever you are able to make firm travel plans to come to Canada.

Medical Insurance Assessment Forms & Opting Out

International students starting regular full-time programs should submit a Medical Insurance Assessment Form [PDF] by the deadline stated on their conditional letter of acceptance. This form will help to determine if a student already has adequate medical insurance or not.

If an international student does not already have adequate medical insurance, then they will be charged a non-refundable $180 fee and enrolled in three months of private basic medical insurance through Guard.me International Insurance.

See Opt Out for more information.

Please note that the information on this page does not apply to students starting the ISEP program, part-time programs and exchange and study abroad students staying at BCIT for a single term.

Students who are already in Canada or who have firm plans to travel to Canada

If you are a newly admitted international student in a full-time program and are already in Canada or are sure that you are able to enter Canada and have firm travel plans (such as having booked a flight to Canada), then you MUST notify us so that we can plan your Guard.me enrolment.

Please send an email to international.medical@bcit.ca with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your BCIT student number
  3. Your planned date of arrival in Canada and a copy of your flight ticket (or just confirm that you are already in Canada)

Students who are not yet sure when you will travel to Canada

If you are a newly admitted international student in a full-time program and are not sure when you will travel to Canada, then we will just continue to postpone your Guard.me enrolment until you notify us that you have made plans to come to Canada. We will communicate more information to you by November or earlier if there are any major updates to the current travel restrictions to share.