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Health Insurance / MMedica
How soon will I be covered?
Before MSP coverage begins, there is a 3-month waiting period: the month in which you arrive in British Columbia, plus two full calendar months. For example, if you arrive in BC on August 25, you are eligible for MSP coverage starting November 1.
For the waiting period time, its better to take a travel / medical insurance for that period.
You must apply for MSP as soon as you arrive in BC. You cannot apply for MSP before you arrive.
​You can now apply for the Fair PharmaCare plan to enhance your coverage at the same time you apply for MSP. BC PharmaCare section below for details.


Public Transportation: BC has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trains, ferries, and rapid transit. The public transportation system is operated by various companies such as Translink, BC Transit, and West Coast Express.
Personal Vehicle: Many people in BC choose to commute in their own personal vehicles, such as cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Carpooling: Carpooling is a popular option in BC, particularly in rural areas where public transportation may not be available.
Taxi: One or more operators are in each city.
Walking: For short distances, walking can be an easy and convenient option. Many cities in BC have pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with sidewalks and crosswalks.
Ride-sharing Services: Popular ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are available in some parts of BC.

Employment and Social Development Canada
​FOREIGN WORKER RIGHTS To obtain information on the rights of people temporarily working in Canada, see ‘Understand Your Rights – Foreign Workers’ at
REPORTING ABUSE OR MISUSE To report abuse or misuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, see the ‘Online Fraud Reporting Tool’ at or call the Service Canada Confidential Tip Line at 1-866-602-9448. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.