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Some provinces offer international students the same public health care services enjoyed by all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Public health care in Canada is funded by the government. In general, it guarantees that citizens and permanent residents can see a doctor or be treated in hospital without paying any fees. The details vary by province. Public health care usually covers only services provided by doctors and hospitals. Many Canadians supplement public health care with private insurance that covers the cost of prescription drugs, dental care, physiotherapy and counseling.

Some provinces only offer health care to immigrants and citizens. Others include international students and temporary foreign workers.

Which Provinces Offer Health Care to International Students

Province Availability Conditions
Nova Scotia Yes Minimum of one-year residence in the province without leaving the country for more than 31 consecutive days
Newfoundland and Labrador Yes Minimum 12-month study permit
New Brunswick Yes  Three-month residency required
PEI No
Quebec No with exceptions No, unless you come from the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, and Sweden
Ontario No
British Colombia Yes, fee Minimum of six-month residence in the province. The wait time is three months. Fee of $75 per month.
Alberta Yes Minimum of a 12-month study permit (valid for an Alberta educational institute) and 12-month residence in the province.

Students with study permits valid for more than 3 months, but less than 12 months, may be eligible for AHCIP coverage if their application is accompanied by a letter from the student confirming their intent to reside in Alberta for at least 12 months.

Manitoba Yes A minimum of six-month study permit and six-month residence in the province.
Saskatchewan Yes Full-time student in Saskatchewan
Northwest territory No
Yukon No
Nunavut Yes

Minimum of 12-month student permit. The permit must have a Nunavut address

This story updated October 12, 2017

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