BC Residency Questions Finally Answered!

Winter 2003 CSANews Issue 49  |  Posted date : May 02, 2007.Back to list

As a direct result of the extensive efforts of the CSA, we have finally received a policy letter from the government of British Columbia regarding the six month residency requirement for BC health care coverage. In the communiqué prepared by the Medical Services Plan Operations of the Ministry of Health Services it states:

To be deemed residents and remain eligible for coverage, beneficiaries who spend part of each year outside British Columbia must be physically present in Canada at least six months in a calendar year and continue to maintain their home in British Columbia.

Based on the preceding, a Canadian citizen or holder of Canadian permanent resident status could, for example, spend up to six months a year in Arizona, four months a year in various parts of Canada, and the remainder of his/her time in British Columbia and remain eligible for coverage.

Of note, in some circumstances health care coverage may be extended up to 12 months during an out-of-province vacation, regardless of destination. Approval is limited to once in five years.