You must be an international student registered in a post-secondary program. We offer this plan to both full-time and part-time students who are studying during the daytime. Students who are taking continuing education courses during evenings or weekends are not eligible for the international health plan.
How to verify your eligibility for the student benefits plan?
In order to verify whether or not you are eligible for the international medical services (OHIP replacement plan) and Extended Health and Dental Plan, please check your personal financial account through STU VIEW and see if you have been charged any fees. However, we strongly recommend contacting the Student Association front office either in person, via phone or by e-mail.
Types of coverage & coverage period
Medical Services (OHIP replacement plan) & Extended Health and Dental coverage
International students have two types of health care coverage. The Medical Services coverage (OHIP replacement plan) and the Extended Health Plan coverage is facilitated by We Speak Student.
Medical Services through We Speak Student
Includes basic medical services such as seeing a doctor in a walk-in clinic, laboratory test, or using the hospital for emergency and/or serious medical issues involving hospitalization.
You can visit a Student Association office or go to: https://wespeakstudent.com/home/47-george-brown-college for:
- The policy
- Walk-in Clinic list
- Instructions on how to do direct billing
- Claim Forms etc.
Extended Health and Dental coverage
The Extended Health and Dental insurance policy is for services that do not fall under the OHIP Alternative Plan. Services included under this insurance include, but is not limited to:
- Prescription drugs
- Prescription eyeglasses
- Massage therapy
- Dental care etc.
Please see the Health Benefits Booklet 2016-17 to read detail information for both We Speak Student Insurance Plan.
Please click here to also visit We Speak Student Website to find out more details about the student plan.
- Students starting in September: (Coverage goes from Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug.31, 2017)
- Students starting in January: (Coverage goes from Jan. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2017)
- Students starting in May (Coverage goes from May 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2017)
The student health benefits plan is a mandatory fee. However, students who have an alternative health plan equivalent to the ones described above may apply for a refund within a specified time period. International students can pick up a student health benefits opt-out form available at any of the Student Association offices.
Please note that proof of comparable coverage is required to opt out and your alternative plan needs to offer the minimum required coverage to get the refund.
Please click here to view the opt-out instructions.
Students starting in September 2016: Oct. 6, 2016
Students starting in January 2017: Feb. 2, 2017 (students who are starting in September are not eligible for the February opt-out)
Students starting in May 2017: Please contact a Student Association office (Students who have started in September and January are not eligible)
Family enrolment for international students
International post-secondary students can purchase both OHIP Alternative and Extended Health Plan coverage for family members residing with them here in Canada. To obtain more details about the costs and the necessary forms, please visit one of the Student Association offices as soon as you start your program or visit https://wespeakstudent.com/home/47-george-brown-college.
Family Enrolment Deadlines:
- Students starting in September 2016: Oct. 6, 2016
- New students starting in January 2017: Feb. 2, 2017 (students who are starting in September are not eligible for the February family enrolment)
- New students starting in May 2017: Please contact a Student Association office in the first week when you start school as there is a deadline for opting out of the health plan.
For students who have opted out and who now want to come back into the Health and Dental Plan, please click here for opt-in instructions.
Once you opt-out from the Health and Dental plan, you will always be automatically opted-out of the plan. Therefore you will not be covered through the college once you opt out.
If your current comparable coverage used to opt-out of the plan terminates, you have 31 days from the loss of coverage to notify a Student Association office in order to be re-enrolled into the Health and Dental Plan for the next health insurance period (either September or January). For students who have opted-out in the past and are returning to school, or taking a new program, please contact a Student Association office as soon as your program starts.
Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the International Student Health and Dental Plan.
Student Association office locations and contact information
- St. James Campus: Room 147 (Student Association)
- Casa Loma Campus: Room E100 (Student Association)
- Ryerson Campus: SHE614 (SHE Building)
- Waterfront Campus: 033 (Concourse Level)
Health Benefits Hotline: 416-415-5000 ext. 2443