Work Permit Renewals & Medical Services Plan Coverage

If you are working in British Columbia under a work permit and you are enrolled in the Medical Services Plan (MSP), your medical coverage will end when your work permit expires.

If you are applying for a new work permit, it is important that you apply as far in advance of the expiry date of your current work permit as possible. This will avoid a lapse in coverage and having to serve another wait period. According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website (IRCC), the current processing time for a work permit extension (same employer) is 84 days for online applications and 118 days if you submit by paper.

If you hold a work permit, UBC Human Resources will send you an email next week with more details.