Newcomers to Canada: How Canadian Health Benefits Work

Date & Time

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Room 610, Human Resources (TEF 3), UBC Point Grey Campus


UBC Human Resources



Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to figure out how things work in a new country. This article provides an overview on how health benefits work in Canada.

Canada’s Universal Healthcare System Provides Coverage for Physician and Hospital Services

Canada has a universal healthcare system or public health insurance, which means that you don’t have to pay for most healthcare services, including medically necessary physician and hospital services.

Each province and territory has their own health insurance plan and in British Columbia, ours is called the Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP is administered by Health Insurance BC and is mandatory for all BC residents, including those who hold study and/or work permits or working permits on working holiday programs that are valid for a period of six months or more.

UBC HR invites you to attend a Benefits workshop geared specifically for newcomers to Canada, hosted at the Vancouver campus with video conferencing available at the Diamond Health Care Centre. Registration is required.


Benefits Workshop
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Room 610, Human Resources, TEF 3
Note: Register