What is Wellness?
Wellness has eight different components: physical health, mental health, spiritual, academic, career, cultural, social, and financial. It's more than just going for check-ups and exercising! Wellness is a comprehensive process: paying particular attention to a specific aspect of your wellness can help you excel in other areas of your life as a student. Likewise, neglecting any one of the wellness components can have a chain effect so it's important to check in with yourself every once in a while and see how you're doing.
Student Wellness Hub
McGill's new Student Wellness Hub is the place to go, for any and all health and wellness needs that you may have. It is located on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the Brown Building. The main entrance is on the third floor, before entering the reception area, be sure to take a ticket (stating if you have an appointment, want to book an appointment, have a question, etc.) in order to streamline the process.
For information about all of the health and wellness services available to students, visit the Virtual Hub.
You can also book appointments with a Local Wellness Advisor (LWA), a trained clinician who is here to orient and connect you with the appropriate resource for your unique situation. LWAs can familiarize you with the host of other health and wellness supports that are available to you on campus. They can also equip you with tools and resources to take charge of your mental health. You can make an appointment here.
It's important that students have access to health care services while completing their studies at McGill. Whether you're a Canadian or international student, make sure your health insurance is covered provincially or through McGill's Post-Graduate Students' Society. For more information on PGSS Health and Wellness Resources, check out the PGSS website, which hosts helpful PDF guides provided by their Health Commissioner as well as a list of Health Services.
As a full-time, additional session, non-thesis extension, master’s or doctorate status student who registers before the McGill fee payment deadline, and who is a member of PGSS paying tuition fees at either the Canadian or Quebec rates, you are automatically covered by the PGSS Health & Dental Plan that is administered by Studentcare. You can double check this by logging into Minerva and verifying your fees per term, including the PGSS health and dental fees.
You are required to have a valid RAMQ, or other provincial health care card. Quebec residents will also have mandatory public prescription insurance.
If you would like to add your spouse or dependants onto your health and/or dental plan, you must do so during the Studentcare Change-of-Coverage Period at the beginning of your school year. Students arriving in January may choose to enrol themselves/spouses/dependants during the January Change-of-Coverage Period. If you are a postdoc, or other graduate student that becomes eligible for the plan mid-term, you will have 30 days to opt yourself and any spouses/dependants into the plan manually.
The Studentcare plan also includes travel insurance for trips less than 120 days, or travel related to your studies, that are not to your home country.
Alternative Health Insurance
If you’re covered by alternative health insurance, you may be able to opt-out of the PGSS Health Plan and have the fee credited to your student account. You can opt-out permanently or annually. If you choose the latter, you’ll have to opt-out each year.
To confirm Opt-Out dates, visit the Studentcare website or call 514-789-8775 (toll-free: 1-866-795-4435).
McGill requires all international students and their accompanying dependents to participate in the compulsory McGill International Health Insurance (IHI) Plan, which is administered by International Student Services. All international students who begin their studies during the Fall term are billed an annual fee for the international health insurance. In order to pick up the IHI card, you must first confirm your coverage on Minerva. In addition, all international students are automatically covered by the PGSS Dental Plan, accordingly. You can double check this by logging into Minerva and verifying your fees per term, including the PGSS dental fees. If you would like to opt your spouse or dependents into your dental plan, you must do so during the Studentcare Change-of-Coverage Period at the beginning of your school year. Students arriving in January may choose to enroll themselves/spouses/dependents during the January Change-of-Coverage Period. If you are a postdoc, or other graduate student that becomes eligible for the plan mid-semester, you will have 30 days to opt yourself and any spouses/dependents into the plan manually.
If you are a recent permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen who has been living abroad, you may not be eligible for provincial health insurance coverage, or you may have to wait for three months after your arrival to qualify.
If you have no insurance coverage or your private insurance is not adequate, you may enroll in the group plan offered through International Student Services (ISS). Students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill International Health Insurance plan. For more information, visit mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/health. Have a question about the IHI plan? International.health [at] mcgill.ca (Contact International Student Services).
For all inquiries about the Dental Plan, please refer to the Studentcare website.