Upon arrival, you will need to apply for Medical Services Plan (MSP) as it is mandatory in the province of British Columbia (BC) for international students to have medical insurance. Since BC MSP does not begin until 3 months after your arrival, you will need to purchase private insurance for those first 3 months. Once your travel arrangements are made, buy the insurance to begin on your first day in BC, for 3 months. To begin, click on the “Apply for Insurance” icon below.
If you are in a Regular Studies program, please refer to the Returning Regular Studies Students or Early Arrivals pages to purchase your insurance or for more information. Do not purchase insurance from this page.
guard.me is a leading provider of international student health insurance and, we’re so much more. That’s why, as a trusted partner for private and public universities, colleges, language schools and schoolboards, we created guard.meCARES, our innovative platform of health and wellness programs and services designed to mitigate risk, manage crisis events and improve health and wellness day-in and day-out.
guard.meCARES is more than a name; caring is at the heart of everything we do. It’s who we are and it’s why we are here. The philosophy of caring for students and our partners and giving back to the communities in which we do business is our guiding principle and what sets us apart from our competitors.
Our team of Real People delivers the personalized attention and culturally-sensitive Real Solutions clients need for Real Life. We offer expert assistance during times of crisis, innovative programs and digital resources that improve wellness, ongoing education and training for staff and educators through our Wellness and Learning Initiatives, with unparalleled customer support.
It’s a commitment to caring that every guard.me team member holds at their core and strives to deliver on each and every day. We do it not because we have to, but because guard.meCARES
keep.meSAFE’s innovative Student Support Program (SSP) helps students by promoting early intervention and 24/7 access to mental health support. We help students manage their mental health so they can fully participate in academic life and complete their studies. keep.meSAFE is the first support program to use linguistically and culturally matched licensed clinicians, providing your students a welcoming place where they are comfortable to seek help.
Studying at college or university whether in another country or another city can be a wonderful and exciting life experience. But it can also be a time of tremendous stress and isolation as you learn to navigate a new landscape and begin campus life.
The keep.meSAFE Mental Wellness Student Support Program is a support service available to eligible students that can help them with challenges faced when studying or living abroad. You can contact keep.meSAFE anytime – day or night – to speak with a Counsellor who has experience supporting the unique challenges students face.
Outside North America 001.416.380.6578
Chat directly with a Counsellor through the app.
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Visit www.keepmesafe.org to learn more!
keep.meSAFE is completely confidential within the limits of the law, so no one – including your family, friends, or professors – will ever know you used the program unless you choose to tell them
mobileDOCTOR by guard.me allows you to connect with Canadian doctors on Maple, a telemedicine company, as a part of your health benefits. Maple provides access to doctors, Canada wide, on your phone, tablet or computer anytime, anywhere.
Seeing a doctor on Maple is safe and reliable, and can help prevent the need to go to a walk-in clinic or Emergency Room.
When outside of Canada the mobileDOCTOR service connecting you to a Canadian doctor in real time remains available 24/7 for advice purposes only.
To add insured family members, click on “Patient Profiles” from the dashboard. In “Account Settings” under the “Coverage” tab, add the relevant guard.me policy numbers.
Click the “See The Doctor” button and a Maple doctor will respond to you in minutes. You can have your consultation by text, video, or audio chat.
Doctors can diagnose and provide prescriptions as necessary during your consultation. Prescriptions can only be provided if you are in Canada. Please note only eligible prescriptions are covered.
The Insurer, the Plan Administrator and/or the Claim Administrator are not responsible for the availability, quality or results of any Medical Treatment, or Your failure to obtain Medical Treatment or transportation and shall not be held liable for any negligence, wrongful acts or omissions of any service providers.
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