Québec law requires international students studying in Québec to have valid health insurance. École Polytechnique’s group insurance plan is therefore compulsory for all foreign students enrolled in the school. As such, international students are automatically insured, right from the time they register. However, some students are entitled to claim exemption from this plan.
For new international students, coverage comes into effect once they arrive in Canada, although no earlier than August 15 for the fall semester or December 15 for the winter semester. If you plan to arrive earlier than these two dates, we strongly recommend that you take out private health insurance to cover the period between your arrival and the start of your contract.
Note that the school’s health insurance plan covers medical and hospital fees only, as well as prescription medication. It does not cover dental or eye care (eyeglasses). The plan does include repatriation coverage in the event of death or disability.
Coverage & Cost
Health insurance fees are automatically added to your tuition fees of your first trimester of arrival. Your coverage starts on day you arrive in Québec, if your arrival date is not sooner than the coverage starting date:
- Autumn: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than August 15th. From Aug.15 2016 until Aug.31 2017, coverage is 972$
- Winter: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than December 15th. From Dec.15 2016 until Aug. 31 2017, coverage cost will soon be announced
- Summer: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than April 15th. From April 15 2016 until Aug. 31st 2017, coverage cost will soon be announced
Exchange students are required to pay for the plan in full when they arrive, upon presentation of their immigration documents (see Step 3).
Receiving your Card
During your first month, you will receive an e-mail informing you that you can pick up your health insurance card at the registrar’s office.
DeTAILS & CONDITIONS of Insurance Policy
- Your group insurance plan (.pdf - updated Fall 2013)
- Modications to the 2013 group insurance plan effective September 1st, 2014. Note that the rest of the coverage and conditions remain the same. (.pdf - Fall 2014)
Claim for Healthcare Benefits
Keep the bills for medical expenses you incur, and then send a claim to the insurance company using the form (.pdf - Automn 2013).