Non Canadian Visitors
if you are a visitor to Canada, there is a cost associated with receiving factor concentrates or other treatments. Individuals with a bleeding disorder who plan to study, work, or vacation in Canada are advised to carefully check what health care insurance they require and what health care services they are eligible for while in the country. Immigration Canada is the best source of information regarding questions about who can come to Canada to visit, work or study. The following information is general in nature and in no way a formal statement on Canadian Immigration policy.
- If a foreign student has a study permit from Immigration Canada, valid for longer than 6 months, they may be considered “equivalent” to a resident of BC and therefore able to apply for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage and benefits.
- If an individual has a work permit, or permit for a working holiday program issued under the Federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada, valid for longer than 6 months, they may be considered “equivalent” to a resident of BC and therefore able to apply for MSP coverage and benefits.
- Tourists or visitors to B.C. do not qualify to apply for MSP coverage and benefits
Here are some websites you will want to consult before travelling to Canada: