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.
This coverage cannot be extended to your accompanying family members. Several insurance companies offer such coverage visit this page for more information. Note that as a Polytechnique student, you have to remain registered with the school's insurance plan.
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 is 648$
- Summer: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than April 15th. From April 15 2016 until Aug. 31st 2017, coverage cost is 324$
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 2016)
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 - Fall 2016).
You can also submit your claims via the insurer's online services.
Where to go
If you need to meet with a health practitionner, you can visit this page to find the appropriate resource.