ADVISORY: All of Halifax Peninsula, including NSCAD’s three campuses, are currently under a boil water advisory until further notice. All water must be boiled for at least one minute if it will be used for drinking or any other activity requiring human consumption.

Health Care & Insurance

Student Health Insurance Coverage

International Student Health Insurance

Call or E-Mail David Murch / 519-657-1446 ext. 21
All NSCAD international students have mandated health insurance StudentVIP. You can create an account through this link, print out your plan card, and access all the information you need about your coverage and services.

Visit StudentVIP for more details:

You will need this plan card to go to Saint Mary’s Clinic or any other medical provider, including a pharmacy. We recommend providing your plan card to any medical assistance provider.

There are also numerous walk-in clinics around the province that students can use. These clinics generally have a long wait time, so please set aside a whole day if you use this service. The closest provider to Fountain Campus is Scotia Square Medical Clinic.

If you have more questions about medical insurance, StudentVIP also provides Live chat on the NSCAD StudentVIP page to help with any questions.   


Domestic Health Insurance

Email Tara Fleming
This link will take you to the Green Shield website so you can look over the specifics of your healthcare coverage:

MSI (Medical Service Insurance) Coverage:

Nova Scotia’s Health Insurance Programs are designed to provide eligible residents with coverage for medically required hospital, medical, dental and optometric services with some restrictions. Visitors to Nova Scotia are not considered eligible residents and are not eligible for coverage.
Check to see if you are eligible to receive an MSI card, a health card issued through Nova Scotia. calling: 902-496-7008 or toll-free in Canada 1-800-563-8880 

Student health care

Saint Mary’s Student Health Clinic

Saint Mary’s University
Fourth Floor, O’Donnell Hennessey Student Centre (403 SC)
NSCAD students have access to a doctor through the Saint Mary’s Clinic (SMU). The Saint Mary’s clinic is for nonemergency, appointment-only medical matters. New and returning students to the SMU can book with pomelo, an online booking platform where you can manage your health and appointments.Visit:

Please create an account if you do not have already with the link below.

If you aren’t familiar with SMU, this map will help you find the clinic for your appointment.


Online service that provides non-emergency healthcare. Depending on the time of day, you can be connected to a doctor within minutes. You may receive a diagnosis, medical advice, have lab requisitions ordered, and more from your phone, tablet, or computer, no referral needed.

Greenshield plan members: 4 free visits then the following discounted pricing will apply:

$43.00 – Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to Midnight (local time)
$69.50 – Weekends & Holidays from 7 a.m. to Midnight (local time)
$87.00 – Any day from Midnight to 6:59 a.m. (local time)
Quebec: $155.00 – Any day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (local time)

Non-Greenshield plan members:
$69.00 – Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to Midnight (local time)

$79.00 – Weekends & Holidays from 7 a.m. to Midnight (local time)
$99.00 – Any day from Midnight to 6:59 a.m. (local time)

Queer, BIPOC, and Disability Friendly Locations

Boyd’s pharmacy
Located at: 2525 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C4
Boyd’s helps with gender-affirming care, including hormone injections, and carries gender-affirming products in their pharmacy.

Safer Space massage
Location: 248 Main Ave, Halifax, NS, B3M1B8
Safer Space Massage Therapy was created by Leah Inman (they/them) after experiencing growing disappointment at the lack of services in Halifax for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Located in Fairview, SSMT is a home-based option for those who find clinic settings to be daunting, triggering, or draining.
Accessibility: There is a wide ramp leading to the entrance. Front door measurement is 31 inches, and some tight corners are inside.

Handala dental
Location: 5730 Young Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 1Z8

A queer and BIPOC-friendly dentistry practice started by a stateless refugee in the north end of Halifax.

Emergency room

If you need to go to the emergency room, we recommend bringing comfy clothes, a phone charger, some snacks, a water bottle, materials to keep you busy, and your insurance card and ID.