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Canadian government requires health insurance at arrival in Canada : International Experience Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you will be greeted by a border services officer. Tell them that you have come here to work.

Be prepared to show the following documents:
  • your passport,
  • your Port of Entry (POELetter of Introduction,
  • proof of funds,
  • proof of health insurance,
  • a ticket for your departure from Canada or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket, and
  • original copies of the documents you provided in your work permit application.
Note: If you are an unpaid International Co-op (Internship) participant, you may need to show proof of additional financial resources to cover expenses for your entire stay.
You will receive a work permit if the border services officer is satisfied that you are admissible to Canada.
If the officer is not satisfied, you may be asked to return to your country on the next flight at your own expense.

Health insurance

The border services officer may ask you for proof of health insurance.
You may be refused entry if you do not have insurance.
Your insurance must cover:
  • medical care,
  • hospitalization, and
  • repatriation (returning you to your country in the event of severe illness, injury or death).
When you arrive at the port of entry, you must have health insurance valid for your entire stay in Canada. Having a valid provincial health card is not enough. Repatriation is not covered by provincial health insurance.
If your insurance policy is valid for less than your expected stay, you will be issued a work permit that expires at the same time as your insurance.
If this happens, you will not be able to apply to change the conditions of your work permit at a later date.
If you do not have health insurance at arrival in Canada, please call us 1-888-298-6526(week days), we will arrange the insurance over the phone and e-mail it to you for your entry to Canada.
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