Home to the world renowned Niagara Falls and with over 30% of the country covered in forests, the landscape alone is enough make Canada a desirable destination for international students. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education these individuals comprise 8% of the post-secondary student population and have helped create over 80,000 jobs in recent years.
In 2017, there are hundreds of thousands of international students studying in Canada. This is part of a government strategy to reshape Canadian demographics by bringing in more well-educated skilled workers to the Canadian university system.
The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. Many international students are drawn to Canada because the quality of education and living standards in Canada are among the best in the world. In addition, the cost of living and tuition fees are generally lower in Canada than in the United States or the United Kingdom, making Canada the preferred destination for international students.
Canada is known throughout the world for its government-funded national healthcare system. This system is meant to provide healthcare that is universally available to permanent residents, is without income barriers, has comprehensive coverage, it portable within Canada and elsewhere, and is administered publicly.
Whether or not public health services are offered to international students is at the discretion of each province. Provinces and territories that offer health coverage to international students are:
Students in provinces that do not offer health coverage to international students are generally required to purchase private health insurance. To assist international students in Canada, we offer two excellent insurance options. The Student Secure provides full-time students and their families with health insurance coverage that can be kept through the duration of study. On the other hand, Atlas Travel is designed to provide coverage for less than 1 year, making it a great option for short-term study abroad programs, or as a more affordable choice for families, since you don’t have to be a student to qualify.
Choosing an international student insurance plan can be daunting when attempting to find a plan that meets both school and country visa requirements, so it’s important to weigh your options before purchasing. If you have questions about our plans or would like to discuss specific insurance requirements, feel free to contact us.
Please review both plans below and contact our customer service team if you need assistance: