Can I be exempted?

  • Typically all international students, their dependents, exchange and special students, visiting scholars and their families and non-resident Carleton Employees are required to enroll in UHIP. However, only those covered under a pre-approved plan can be exempted from UHIP
  • If you have insurance coverage under any one of these pre-approved plans, please bring proof to ISSO
  • Students/employees covered under a plan other than a pre-approved plan must join UHIP and pay the required premium before applying for an exemption.
  • If you have coverage with a non pre-approved provider and would like to apply to be exempted from UHIP, be sure to review the exemption checklist to see if your plan is comparable with UHIP and if so, complete an Exemption Form and submit to the Case Management team at Sun Life for review.  All details must be provided in either English or French.  Be sure to include all details of your home plan (inclusions and exclusions) and email Sun Life Case Management for review.  If approved, the UHIP fees will be removed from your student account.

Exemption deadline:  You have 45 days from the start of the academic year to apply for the exemption.

Diplomatic Insurance Coverage and Interim Federal Health Certificate/Incoming Exchange Students

  • International students who are diplomats/dependents of (spouse or son/daughter) of diplomats may have acceptable health insurance plans with their Embassy or High Commission and UHIP is not required.  If however, you are under your parent’s diplomatic health coverage, and they have left the country, it is your responsibility to enrol in the UHIP plan.
  • For the students who are being covered under the Interim Federal Health Certificate, you are eligible for exemption from UHIP.  Proof of this certificate must be submitted to the UHIP Administrator at the beginning of every school year.

Do I need medical insurance before I come to Canada?

  • No, an immigration officer may request proof of your ability to pay for any health care which may be required in Canada
  • You should not purchase health insurance before you leave as you will be required to purchase UHIP when you get here

What happens if I withdraw from school?

  • If you are considering withdrawing from classes, your UHIP health coverage will be terminated from the day you withdraw
  • It is imperative that you visit the ISSO regarding any change in your status, the implications it has on your UHIP and potentially your immigration status
  • You will also have to make a direct request for a refund of the unused portion of your UHIP premium paid