Health Insurance

Canadian Students

For Canadian students SUNSCAD has negotiated a health plan with Green Sheild, through the Canadian Federation of Students’ National Student Health Network.

The student health plan is a mandatory plan that all full time students are automatically enrolled in and charged for. It is a yearly plan that Starts Sept 1 and goes through until Aug 31. If your schooling takes you outside of Nova Scotia your insurance will cover travel for 60 days; periods of longer travel will require you to top up your insurance coverage.

A Green Shield card is given to a student when they are first entered into the plan in their first term.  They do not receive a new card every year because the cards don’t expire.
If a student already has extended coverage and would like to opt-out of the plan; they must do so during the opt-out period on their first term that they start school. If they start in the winter term the opt-out period would be Jan 1-31.  If they miss the opt-out period they will not be able to opt-out of the plan until the next year. During this same period student can pay extra and opt-in dependants to the plan. For more info on family opt-in please speak to the SUNSCAD Resource coordinator (902) 494-8127 in the SUNSCAD office.

To opt-out during the opt-out period; visit then click on NSCAD, then click Opt Out.  Note: The student is responsible for providing confirmation of opting out. Reimbursement cheques will be ready in the SUNSCAD office a few weeks after the deadline.

For any issues arising from the Health Insurance Coverage, please contact the Resource Coordinator in the SUNSCAD office. E-mail or phone
(902) 494-8127.

International Students 

For International students NSCAD provides a mandatory emergency health insurance plan through the Office of Student and Academic Services. The plan is provided for all students from outside of Canada or who are not yet eligible for the Nova Scotia Health Plan MSI. For further information please contact Joann Reynolds Farmer.