MSP response to COVID-19

Temporary coverage

Expired temporary work or study permits

Individuals with temporary permits that have expired may have been granted temporary coverage. This temporary coverage will end on April 30, 2022.

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 (maintained status, previously referred to as 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 April 30, 2022.

If you were previously issued a Temporary Coverage letter that expired October 31, 2021 and you remained in B.C. with maintained status, contact Health Insurance BC to determine if you are eligible to receive a new letter valid until April 30, 2022.

COVID-19 treatment for non-MSP eligible 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.