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System of Compulsory Insurance

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.

Eligible expenses

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 (for more information about cost). They will appear on your billing invoice. However, 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
  • Winter: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than December 15th
  • Summer: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than April 15th

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

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).

Where to go

List of Montreal Health Institutions