Leaving B.C. Permanently
If you will no longer be a resident of British Columbia (B.C.), you must notify Health Insurance BC (HIBC) of the date of your departure and your new address. If possible, use one of MSP's online Address Change Forms. Depending on where you are moving to, your coverage will be affected in one of the following ways:
- If you are moving within Canada, coverage is provided for the balance of the month in which you leave the province plus two consecutive months. If required, coverage may be extended for up to three extra months to cover you while in transit. Upon arrival, you should immediately apply to the health plan of the new province or territory
- If you are moving outside Canada - coverage is provided for the balance of the month in which you leave the province
You should advise HIBC of your move as soon as possible - use one of MSP's online Address Change Forms or contact HIBC.
If you hold a combined driver’s licence and BC Services Card you will be required to surrender the card when you apply for a driver’s licence in your new province or territory. In order to avoid being left without a health card, you can delay applying for a driver’s licence until you are required by law to do so (typically between 60 and 90 days; be sure to confirm the laws in your new province or territory). You can also take a photocopy of your card (front and back) before you surrender it. However, some health care practitioners may not accept a photocopy of a Personal Health Number and may bill you for health care services. If this happens while you are still covered by MSP in B.C., contact HIBC to discuss options for reimbursement.