The GSS Extended Health and Dental Insurance Plan does not replace BC MSP. All residents of BC must have basic insurance coverage, BC MSP or equivalent. For more information about BC MSP, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health. If your residence is in a different province or territory, contact your home province health service about maintaining your coverage while studying out of province.
Our extended insurance company is Pacific Blue Cross.
Our group policy number is 43222.
Your personal ID number is made of the last seven digits of your student number.
The year of insurance coverage, like the academic year, runs from September 1 to August 31.
Full coverage details are available via CARESnet. You can also pick up a benefit booklet, available at the GSS office.
The GSS Health Plan Coordinator is Joëlle Alice Michaud-Ouellet. She can be reached by email at gsoc[at]uvic.ca or by phone at 250-721-8816.
Her workdays are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Every year, from September 1 to roughly mid-October, the insurance plan goes into a period of blackout, during which no claims can be submitted to Pacific Blue Cross. Insurance coverage is retroactive to September 1 once the blackout is over. There is no blackout in January. Visit the Blackout section of this website for more details.
Who is a member of the GSS Extended Health and Dental Insurance Plan?
You are automatically a member of the GSS Extended Health and Dental Insurance Plan if you register in
- 3.0 or more ON-CAMPUS units in September or January (including thesis or dissertation)
- a co-op program.
Changes to your registration status at any point during the school year may result in changes to your insurance coverage. Please contact the Health and Dental Coordinator if you are not sure how changes to your registration will affect your coverage.
Insurance premiums are charged with your tuition once per academic year in September (in January for January start students).
Students starting their program in May are not covered by the plan until the following September.
Please note that part-time and off-campus (distance) students are not automatically included in the Extended Health or Dental Insurance Plan. However, if you are a full-time off-campus student, you have the possibility of joining in. The deadline to opt in is September 30 (January 31 for January start students). Visit the Opt-in/Opt-out section of the website for more details.
Please check your tuition account summary on your My page to confirm that you have been assessed insurance fees.