If you’re an international student living in Canada and you’re about to graduate, it’s important to consider how you will protect you and your family in case of an emergency. You may be planning to travel or stay in Canada following your graduation. If that’s the case below are some options you may wish to consider.

  • If you have received a Post Graduation Work Permit and have proof of employment for a minimum of 6 months full-time work, check to see whether or not you would qualify for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Completing your Academic Program in December?  See how it affects your UHIP

If graduating in December, your UHIP is scheduled to expire December 31st.  If however, you plan on remaining in Ontario and attending the Convocation ceremony in June, you may extend your UHIP to August 31st.  Call or visit the ISSO for more details.

Approved Leave of Absence

If any student is on an approved leave of absence from their program of study, they can still be covered under UHIP for a maximum of 4 months or one semester. However, in such cases, students will have to submit a proof to the UHIP administrator.  Only one LOA will be granted per academic year.

Private Health Insurance

If you do not qualify for provincial health insurance coverage you should strongly consider purchasing private health insurance. The following are just a few options that are provided for your convenience only and do not necessarily imply an endorsement by Carleton University. ISSO or Carleton University cannot be held responsible for information and materials found on these sites. While ISSO has tried to verify all the information as much as possible, students are advised to research their options and contact the insurance company before they enroll themselves or their families into any insurance plans.

Here are some other examples of health insurance companies that you may want to consider.  Do your research and find the plan that best suits your needs.