How to Apply

MSP for Individuals Arriving from Ukraine

Date of arrival coverage is available for returning Canadians, Permanent Residents, Work Permit holders, and individuals who have arrived through the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). This means you will not have to serve a wait period.

To be eligible you must:

  • Hold a CUAET Temporary Resident Visa/Visitor Visa, a CUEAT Work Permit, Permanent Resident document or Canadian Citizenship
  • Make your new home in B.C.
  • Be physically in B.C. for at least six months in a calendar year

All applicants must provide a copy of their CUAET Temporary Resident Visa/Visitor Visa and/or Work Permit, Permanent Resident document, or Canadian Citizenship with their MSP application.

If you are waiting for your permanent address in B.C, please use the address of the community member, center or program assisting with your arrival. This is the address that your BC Services Card will be mailed to. Once a more permanent address is established, you will need to update your MSP account online.

If you have arrived with a CUAET Temporary Resident Visa/Visitor Visa and/or Work Permit, a non photo BC Services Card with your Personal Health Number will be mailed to you once your application is processed. A valid BC Services Card must be shown when accessing publicly funded health services. If you leave B.C. permanently before the expiry of your CUAET Permit, you must inform Health Insurance BC.

All B.C. residents must enrol in the Medical Services Plan (MSP). See BC Services Card section below for more information on completing MSP enrolment and receiving your Personal Health Number (PHN).

If you are new to Canada, apply for MSP as soon as you arrive. Your coverage may start three months after your arrival date in British Columbia. You should get private health care insurance while you wait.

If you are moving from another province, you should arrange for coverage with your former medical plan during the wait period. If your family is not here yet, they need to keep their existing provincial health care. Once they arrive, you can apply to add them to your plan. The wait period for each family member will begin on their individual arrival date.

If your MSP coverage will be under a group plan through your employer, union or pension plan, please contact your group administrator for more information on applying.

If you already have MSP coverage and received a letter notifying you to renew your BC Services Card, you do not have to submit a new Application for MSP Enrolment; you only need to renew your BC Services Card.  Follow the instructions on the letter to renew your card.

Apply Online

The online application takes about 15 minutes to complete. The data you enter will be saved locally to the computer or device you are using up until the point that you close your browser window or submit the form.

Note: If you use a screen reader or assistive device, please apply using the paper form (PDF, 635KB). We are currently working to fix this high priority accessibility issue. 

This online application currently supports male (M) and female (F) gender designations. To make a submission with a non-binary gender (X) designation, please contact Health Insurance BC.

Before you start, make sure that:

You are using one of these web browsers: the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

You have identification for everyone on your application. You will be asked to upload digital images of documents that support the name and Canadian citizenship or immigration status for all persons.

You have your marriage certificate, divorce decree or legal name change certificate if your current legal name doesn’t match the name on your ID.

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Apply by Mail

You can also apply by mail using a paper application form:

Mail the completed application form to:

Health Insurance BC
Medical Services Plan
PO Box 9678 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC   V8W 9P7

BC Services Card

As of February 22, 2018, to complete MSP enrolment adult Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will need to obtain a Photo BC Services Card by visiting an Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) driver licensing office.

  • You can book an appointment to visit an ICBC driver licensing office at a location and time that suits you. For more information, please visit icbc.com/appointment.
  • At the ICBC driver licensing office, you will need to:
    • Provide two pieces of identification – one of which must be primary ID;
      ​(visit icbc.com/acceptedID for more information);
    • Declare that you are a BC resident; and
    • Have your photo taken.

There is no fee for your BC Services Card. If you choose to combine it with your driver’s licence, fees that apply to the regular driver’s licence application process will apply.

Your BC Services Card can be used when you are accessing provincial health care benefits. Your PHN will be printed on the card.

Individuals under 18 years and six months of age will automatically receive a Non-Photo BC Services Card in the mail from HIBC.

For more information about the BC Services Card, please visit: gov.bc.ca/bcservicescard.

Coverage Wait Period

New residents or persons re-establishing residence in B.C. may be eligible for coverage after completing a wait period that consists of the balance of the month in which residence is established, plus two months.