Insurance requirements for studying in Canada as a researcher, postdoc or teacher

Insurance information for Canada

If you are going to study and live in Canada, you want to be fully prepared before starting your adventure. Among other things, you want to make sure your insurance covers everything you need, without paying too much.

Canada is famous for its free Canadian healthcare. However, most of these services are only available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Therefore, international students in Canada should arrange for health insurance for the duration of their stay.

The healthcare system in Canada and the requirements for insurance vary from province to province. In many provinces, you will be required to obtain private health insurance.

Many Canadian universities offer health insurance plans to their students and some even require students to register for their health insurance packages. In other cases you are free to opt out on the offered packages, provided that you can prove you receive private health insurance from another source.

It is important to learn about the health insurance requirements that apply to you when going to Canada. Also know that not all offered insurance packages cover everything you might want to have covered, such as: 

  • Additional medical costs
  • Repatriation
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

Via our partner Aon, you can easily discover details that apply to your specific situation. To get advice and insight in the costs of insurance, you can freely request an instant quote.

About Canada

Canada is one of the most popular study destinations in the world due to its high focus on the quality of its universities and its emphasis on attracting international students who can later immigrate. Canadians are very welcoming to international students and they invest a lot into making sure students are safe, treated fairly, and enjoy their stay in the country. Study in one of the strongest economies in the world while enjoying a high living standard and a flexible study environment. Classes have smaller student groups ensuring everyone gets the attention they need, and encouraging group assignments and debates.