GuardMe International Health Insurance
International Students are automatically signed up and charged for an annual emergency medical insurance through GuardMe International Health Insurance. Your international student insurance is an emergency plan. It does not cover your dental work, glasses, or any pre-existing health conditions. Learn more about your GuardMe International International Health Insurance.
Nova Scotia Health Card (MSI)
As a precaution to prevent unnecessary risk of COVID-19, the MSI reception location at 230 Brownlow Ave in Dartmouth is closed to the public. Please contact by phone 902-496-7008 or toll free 1-800-563-8880. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm. You will need information from your Study Permit and your passport when calling, so be sure to have them on hand. (updated on August 27, 2020)
After 12 consecutive months of living in Nova Scotia, you may be eligible to apply for MSI, which is the regular Nova Scotia Health Card — don’t miss this option!
People coming to Nova Scotia from outside the country who hold a Study Permit that is valid for a minimum of 12 months or 1 year, can apply for coverage the first day of the 13th month following the date of arrival in Nova Scotia as a student (providing they have not been outside the province for more than 31 consecutive days except in the course of their studies).
A student arriving in Nova Scotia in July cannot apply until August of the following year. For continuous coverage, a copy of each Study Permit must be submitted to MSI and a declaration must be signed each year. Persons on a Study Permit are eligible for insured services in Nova Scotia only. Services rendered while outside the province would be the responsibility of the individual.
Dependent children under the age of 19 are granted coverage on the same basis as their parents once the applicant has gained entitlement.
To find out more about applying for the MSI, you can visit the Government of Nova Scotia website.