MSP response to COVID-19

Last updated: April 20, 2021

Temporary coverage

Expired temporary work or study permits

If your temporary permits have expired and you no longer have MSP coverage, you may be provided temporary MSP coverage if:

  • You are currently living in B.C. and your MSP coverage has expired
  • You have applied for a new work or study permit (implied status)
  • You were previously enrolled in MSP as a deemed resident
  • Your previous work or study permit expired December 1, 2020 or later

Contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage. This temporary coverage will be valid until October 31, 2021.

If you were previously issued a Temporary Coverage letter that expired April 30, 2021 and you remained in B.C. with implied status, contact Health Insurance BC to determine if you are eligible to receive a new letter valid until October 31, 2021.

BC Services Card and MSP

Renewing MSP enrolment

You may request a Confirmation of Continued Coverage letter from Health Insurance BC if you are unwilling or unable to visit an ICBC driver licensing office to renew your MSP enrolment and get a renewed BC Services Card.

Contact Health Insurance BC and explain your circumstances. You will receive the letter in the mail and it will be valid until October 31, 2021.

If you were previously issued a Confirmation of Continued Coverage letter that expired April 30, 2021, and you remain unwilling or unable to attend an ICBC drivers licensing office, you can contact Health Insurance BC to request a new letter valid until October 31, 2021.

You can still access provincially insured health-care benefits using the personal health number that is printed on an expired BC Services Card with another form of identification.

The BC Services Card provides access to government services. It replaces the CareCard for access to health-care services. The card is used for access to:

For BC Services Card enquiries at an ICBC office, you can now book an appointment online to visit a drivers licensing office at a time and location that suits you.

If you have booked an appointment and are now experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are unable to visit an office, please call ICBC at 1-800-950-1498 or 250-978-8300.

New residents to B.C.

MSP applicants who are unwilling or unable to visit an ICBC driver licensing office to complete their MSP enrolment, may be enrolled in MSP with temporary coverage until October 31, 2021 if they have successfully registered with Health Insurance BC.

Contact Health Insurance BC and explain your circumstances to get a Confirmation of Coverage letter. You will receive the letter in the mail.

If you are temporarily enrolled in MSP this way, you will not be issued a BC Services Card. You will be provided with the Confirmation of Temporary Coverage letter as evidence of temporary MSP enrolment. This letter outlines that coverage is active and gives you your personal health number.

The Confirmation of Temporary Coverage letter for new applicants who are unwilling or unable to visit an ICBC office to complete their MSP enrolment will be valid until October 31, 2021.

COVID-19 treatment for non-MSP individuals

Access to provincially insured health-care coverage for COVID-19 treatment may be available.

  • If you have questions about your or a family members’ health related to COVID-19 symptoms or other medical issues, please call 8-1-1

If you are in B.C. and would otherwise not be eligible for coverage under MSP, you will be provided provincially insured health care coverage for services related to suspected or confirmed cases of infection with COVID-19.

Services for unrelated conditions that are performed on non-eligible MSP patients will remain uninsured. Your attending medical professional will be responsible for determining your eligibility for this coverage.