Safety & Wellness

Medical Insurance Coverage

All international students are required by law to have medical insurance while studying in British Columbia. Medical services and visits to clinics and hospitals are very expensive. Without medical coverage you would need to pay for these expenses yourself.

For the first three months of study, you will have temporary emergency medical coverage provided by Guard.me. This insurance is mandatory and automatic. Please visit Guard.me for more information. Information on Guard.me will also be provided during mandatory orientation. Please note: Your Guard.me coverage does not begin until the first day of Orientation. It is your responsibility to have travel health insurance if you choose to arrive before Orientation.

After three months, students are required to enroll in the Government of BC Medical Insurance Plan (MSP). Assistance in completing the enrollment form will be provided during mandatory orientation. 

International Student Health Fee Q & A

Health Fee for International Students

  • What is the change that will take place on Sept. 1, 2019?

  • Who does the health fee apply to?

  • When do international students have to apply for the health fee?

  • How do international students apply for the health fee?

  • Is enrolment in the MSP mandatory?

  • What amount is payable?

  • If I already have provincial health coverage, do I have to re-enrol?

  • How will the health fee be collected?

  • Is there any financial assistance for the health fee?

  • If an international student fails to pay the fee, will they be able to access health-care services?

  • What date will the health fee start for international students newly arriving in B.C.?

  • If an international student leaves B.C. permanently, when will the health fee end?

  • If an international student leaves B.C. temporarily, do they need to continue paying the health fee?

  • If a post-secondary international student has a dependent who is not a student (e.g., spouse), does the adult dependent also pay a health fee?

  • Will the new health fee for international students result in changes to the type of health-care coverage provided – as compared to the current coverage provided under B.C.’s MSP?

  • What role do educational institutions have in the implementation of the new health fee for international students?

Extended Health and Dental

If you are a full-time student (with the exception of ESL) who started in the September semester you have an Extended Health and Dental plan through the Student Union. For more information about your plan, visit the Student Union office or website.

Campus Safety

Your safety on and off campus is important to us. For detailed safety information, please visit Security and First Aid.

Be Aware of Scams that Target International Students

Please be aware of scams targeting international students and their families. Quick tips for staying safe:

  • Government agencies will never force you to stay on the phone or prohibit you from contacting friends/family or legal advice.
  • Only trust numbers you know.
  • Official government agencies will never use text or email to contact you.
  • You or your family will never be threatened by an official government agency.
  • Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada will never contact you to collect fees or fines and say it is to avoid deportation or consequences.
  • You will never be asked to make large cash withdrawals, purchase gift cards, Bitcoin or make a money transfer by an official agency.
  • Never give out any personal information.

If you think you have been a target of a scam, please reach out to a member of the CNC staff or the RCMP.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501

College of New Caledonia International Education

Phone: 250-561-5857

Road Safety Information

Driver and pedestrian laws are different in Canada then other countries, as well as differ between Canadian provinces. Students should familiarise themselves with laws in British Columbia and how to stay safe both behind the wheel and as a pedestrian. Learn more about road safety in British Columbia here.

CNC cares about you and your safety. View CNC’s road safety videos:

Distracted Driving: When you are behind the wheel take a break from your phone.

Pedestrian Safety: Always use sidewalks and crosswalks. Look both ways before you cross the street.

Speeding: Slow down. It’s not worth the risk.