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International Students


Medical Insurance:

As an international student in Canada, you must provide your own private medical insurance to cover the first 3 months of your stay. This insurance must cover comprehensive health and accident coverage.

If you do not have medical insurance, OMNI has arranged a special discounted rate for students through a local insurance provider. The OMNI student medical insurance plan is underwritten by the largest insurance company in the world – Lloyds of London – and offers comprehensive health, accident coverage, and some other extras like emergency dental, prescription medication, etc. Please check with your OMNI advisor if you are interested in choosing this insurance.

After three months, you are required by law to purchase medical insurance through the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), which is a medical insurance plan offered through the Province of British Columbia. Therefore, you do not need to purchase private insurance for longer than three months. The current rate for the BC medical insurance plan is CDN $87 per month.

If you are planning to come to Canada with family members that will be staying with you for the duration of your study/work experience, BC Medical Services Plan allows you to purchase extended coverage for your family members as well.

For more detailed information about MSP, please see MSP website with regard to international students..

OMNI College and OMNI Centre of Excellence are not responsible in any way for claims related to medical insurance. OMNI College and OMNI Centre of Excellence is not liable in any way to the student for loss, damage, or injury to persons or property regardless of cause.

Medical Resources:

COVID-19 Testing Centres nearby:

  • Richmond General Hospital: 7000 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Drive-through COVID-19 testing site: 5911 North Service Road (jetSet parking lot), Richmond, BC
  • For the most up-to-date list of COVID collection centres, visit the BCCDC website.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, self-assess using the online tool and read what you need to do here.


Mental health supports: Mental health is a part of overall health.  All students currently registered at OMNI College have access to free, confidential counseling and community referral services – for free.  The services is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week through an app, phone or web at is a government service offered through the province of British Columbia.

Culturally-aware crisis support is available 24/7 to Indigenous people in B.C. through the KUU-US crisis response service.

The BC province also offers a range of virtual mental health programs and services to support mental health and wellness.