All international students must have both basic and extended health insurance for the entire time they are studying at Capilano University.

Learn about the available Health and Dental Insurance (pdf) plans. 

Basic health insurance

MSP - permanent basic health insurance

International students must sign up for the Medical Services Plan (MSP) if you’ll be living in British Columbia for more than six months. 

MSP covers the cost of medically-necessary insured doctor services.

Apply online for MSP when you arrive to start your studies at CapU.

On your first day at CapU, during the New International Student Orientation, we will guide you through this process.

Note: There is a waiting period for newcomers to BC before the MSP takes effect, so you should arrange temporary health insurance for this waiting period.

guard.me temporary basic health insurance

CapU’s Centre for International Education will automatically enrol you in temporary health insurance coverage provided by guard.me for the waiting period, at a cost of $180 paid through your myCapU account during the third week of classes.

To be enroled in this coverage, email a copy of your Study Permit to inted@capilanou.ca as soon as you have it.

You can also add your dependents (such as a spouse or children). To do this you must provide their full names, dates of birth, and nationality. 

Note: If you already have MSP, you must present your card at the CIE office during the first week of classes to avoid the guard.me charges. 

Extended health insurance

StudentCare - extended health insurance 

The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) Health and Dental Plan provides extended medical coverage for services not covered by MSP, such as:

  • prescription drugs and vaccinations
  • accidents and emergencies
  • health practitioners (physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.)
  • vision care
  • dental care, and
  • travel coverage.

CapU will automatically sign you up to the CSU Health and Dental Plan and the charges will appear on your myCapU account. 

If you already have this level of coverage with another plan, you can opt out of this plan.

Health services on campus

Capilano University students can visit a doctor at the North Vancouver campus Health Services office.