Thursday, February 26, 2015

International Experience Canada (IEC) is now open for the year of 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that its "International Experience Canada (IEC) " programme of this year 2015 is now open. In coming weeks, CIC will reveal each country's opening date on its website. Check CIC website for update.

What is IEC?

This program gives foreign nationals aged between 18 to 35 the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. It also supports Canadian youth who travel and work abroad.
There are three categories:
     -Working Holiday

     -Young professionals
     -International Co-op Internship
Available age and categories vary in each participating country.


Below is the fee. This year, CIC introduced a new fee(open work permit holder fee) this year.
   - IEC participation fee: $150 CAD 
    - Open Work Permit Holder Fee:  $100 CAD(working holiday applicants only)
    - Employer compliance fee of $230 CAD (Young professionals and international Co-op Internship applicants only)
    - Biometric fee of $85 CAD(when applicable)

Health Insurance

Obtaining health insurance in Canada is mandatory.  Applicants must hold health insurance policy as well as other required documents upon their arrival to Canada. Immigration office may refuse their entry if their health insurance policy is insufficient.   It must cover:medical care, hospitalization and repatriation.  Also, the policy must be valid for the entire period of time of intended stay in Canada.

Our Visitors Health Insurance Plans are ideal for IEC/Working Holiday applicants. 2 years policy are also available.  

Contact us for details

Good luck!

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is not covered by Government Health Insurance Plan.

As a visitor, you may not have provincial health care coverage.  Or you might have it, since some provinces allow visitors to apply for provincial health care if they meet specific conditions.  Whether covered or not, it is always good to know what it is.

It is well known that prescribed drugs and dentistry are not covered by Government Health Insurance Plan(GHIP). But there's more exclusion. The following is a summary of an article from CBC website.


1) Ambulance Fees

- Most provinces charge a user fee of $45 to more than $500.
Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador also charge a user fee for transportation between hospitals.

2) Hospital Parking

- It can be expensive for patients who need regular treatment such as chemotherapy or dialysis.
Parking fees are a major revenue source for many hospitals, and the rates have been rising across the country.

3) Crutches, wheelchairs

- Crutches, casts,canes can cost you.
Wheelchairs, walkers and hearing aids are also not covered, though some provinces have programs to help offset the costs.

4) Paperwork

- Getting those from doctors are not covered: Medical files, prescription refills, insurance or disability forms, or medical notes for school or work.

5) Medically Unnecessary procedures

- Wart removal (which can cost you $50 or more) 
- Treatment of varicose veins
- Infant circumcision (which typically costs between $200 and $500). 
- In some provinces, an annual physical exam is not covered. 
- Cosmetic procedures- Vaccinations needed for travel.
Source:CBC website
The system of putting ambulance fee on patients' shoulders may sound weird to visitors whose home country offers free ambulance ride for sick people. Actually, the article on CBC website points out its downside; " A Marketplacesurvey found that 42 per cent of Canadians say they might delay calling an ambulance because of the cost." 
Even Canadians with GHIP hesitate. Visitors without GHIP may not be able to call for an ambulance; The price will be hundreds of dollars. 
No worries. Many insurance companies offer Visitors Plan with emergency transportation benefit.  Also essential medical appliances are often covered. Haven't applied yet? Call us and we can help you!

Questions about visitors insurance? Contact us