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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.

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.

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

During your first year at Polytechnique, health insurance fees are automatically added to your tuition fees during your first trimester of arrival.  During subsequent years, your insurance for the whole year will be billed during the Fall terms. Your coverage starts on the 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 2018 until Aug.31 2019, coverage is 936$
  • Winter: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than December 15th.  From Dec.15 2018 until Aug. 31 2019, coverage cost is 624$
  • Summer: Coverage starts upon arrival but no sooner than April 15th.  From April 15 2019 until Aug. 31st 2019, coverage cost is 312$

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 - Fall 2018 version).

You can also submit your claims via the insurer's online services.

Where to go

The insurer offers a list of suggested medical clinics if you need to consult with a doctor.  You can however refer to any other clinic of your choice.

If you need to meet with a health practitionner, you can visit this page to find the appropriate resource.