On January 1st, 2020, most people in British Columbia benefited from a change to the structure of the Medical Services Plan (MSP), which eliminated their financial contributions to provincial health care. This change was particularly meaningful to students, who often struggle with staying financially afloat while also balancing their academic commitments and personal lives.
However, one subsection of the student population did not benefit from this change, and actually saw their financial burden go up. A mandatory $75 monthly international health fee must be paid by international students to receive Medical Services Plan coverage during their studies. The Capilano Students’ Union advocates for the BC government to remove this unfair fee.