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.

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. 

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.