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Health insurance

You must have comprehensive medical coverage while studying at UVic.

Without coverage, you could be denied treatment or pay thousands of dollars each day for medical services. 

Family members with you in Canada should also have comprehensive coverage. You can purchase coverage for them at an additional cost. plan

The plan provides emergency medical coverage for international students who are new to UVic. 

Most new international students are automatically enrolled in the plan when they register in a course at UVic.

BC Medical Services Plan

The BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) is a health insurance plan that pays for medically required services provided by physicians, specialists, diagnostic facilities, laboratory facilities and hospitals.

Fair PharmaCare

Fair PharmaCare can help cover the cost of eligible prescription drugs, medical supplies and pharmacy services not covered by your primary and extended health insurance.

You can register for Fair PharmaCare at the same time or after you enrol in MSP.

UVic health & dental plans

Extended health and dental benefits are available to students at UVic.

The coverage offered by these plans does not replace the need for primary health insurance. Without the plan or the BC Medical Services Plan you may not be able to access the benefits associated with your UVic health and dental plan.


Most students are automatically enrolled in the appropriate plan when they register at UVic for the fall (September to December) or spring (January to April) term.

  • if your program starts during the summer session (May to August), contact your student society (UVSS or GSS) to ask about eligibility

Exchange and research students: You will not be automatically enrolled, but you may be eligible to opt in during the change-of-coverage period if you choose to purchase a UVSS or GSS membership package.

Health & wellness resources

Campus services

  • Campus Dental Centre - offers affordable dental services
  • Heart Pharmacy - offers a wide range of health and wellness products as well as prescription medications
  • Student Wellness Centre - provides medical care, counselling, mental health supports and spiritual care for UVic students
  • SupportConnect - provides free, confidential mental health support for UVic students, available 24/7 by phone and online
  • UVic Sports Injury Clinic - provides physiotherapy, massage therapy and sports injury therapy
  • Victory Therapeutics - offers appointments with massage therapists, acupuncturists, dieticians and naturopaths

Other resources

  • cannabis use - provides information about cannabis use on campus
  • HealthLink BC - provides non-emergency health information and advice
  • Trans Care BC - connects you with gender-affirming health and wellness supports near you