Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Unlike what most people believe, Canadian Medicare is not free of charge. It is funded by taxes, like federal and provincial. Also, not all medical charges are covered by the government. One does have to pay for vision care, dental visits, etc.

In Nova Scotia, you might be eligible for medical care in certain conditions. Let’s know about these here.
The name of Nova Scotias provincial healthcare plan is Medical Services Insurance (MSI).

Coverage – eligibility and wait time


If you are a student, you are eligible for this plan if you have a Study Permit with a minimum time duration of one year (12 months) and you have not been outside the province for more than 31 consecutive days (except for the purpose of studies).

Your coverage is effective for 12 months (1 year) post entry.
You should buy a private insurance cover for the entire twelve-month period if youplan to study for at least one year in Nova Scotia.

Temporary Workers

Temporary workers that have a Work Permit of at the very least 12 months (1 year) are eligible for this cover and have not been outside the province for more than 31 consecutive days (except for the purpose of work).
This cover commences from the date signed/date of arrival (whichever comes later) on the Work Permit.

Permanent Residents

All permanent residents who have established residence in Nova Scotia are eligible for this cover. The coverage commences on your arrival date in Nova Scotia.

The Process of Application

You have to call the MSI Office for instructions on how to apply for the plan.
For further information, you can check out the government of Nova Scotia website.


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