Membership in a student insurance plan has been mandatory since a student referendum. Premiums cover certain health and dental expenses.

If you’re a full or part-time undergraduate student enrolled for the Fall, Winter or Spring-Summer term, you’re automatically covered by the University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) health and dental plan. The coverage period is from September 1 to August 31.

  • Prescription drugs and vaccinations 
  • Health practitioners: physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and more  
  • Accidents and emergencies
  • Medical equipment and diagnostic services 
  • Dental care 
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, laser eye surgery and eye exams 
  • Travel coverage 

To submit your claims to the insurer, Green Shield Canada, fill out the Green Shield claim form and mail it to the address indicated.

You can also submit your claims online. Create a Green Shield account to submit claims online and register for direct deposit.

Make all health and dental claims to Green Shield no later than 12 months after the date you receive the eligible benefit.

Learn about travel health or accidental death and dismemberment claims for undergraduate students.  

In addition to your plan coverage, you have access to other services, including:

  • Online services: An online coverage manager to make changes to your coverage and to enrol your spouse and/or dependent children during the change-of-coverage period.
  • Studentcare Networks: Networks of over 3,000 health-care practitioners across Canada who’ve reduced the cost of their services for plan members. 
  • Empower Me: A 24/7 mental health and wellness service. 
  • Virtual Care — Dialogue: A virtual health-care service that lets you connect with nurses and physicians via a mobile or web app from anywhere in Canada. 

Learn more about undergraduate students insurance.  

If you’re full-time graduate student starting in September, you’re automatically covered under the graduate students insurance plan. The coverage period is from September 1 to August 31.

  • Prescription drugs and vaccinations 
  • Hospital stays
  • Emergency transportation
  • Health practitioners: physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and more  
  • Dental care 
  • Eye exams and prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, or medically necessary contact lenses


Making a claim


To submit your claims to the insurer, Green Shield Canada, fill out the Green Shield claim form, attach your receipt and mail it to the address indicated.

Always include your GSC identification number with your claim. Your identification number is your student number with the prefix “GSA” (e.g., GSA111222333). 

Create a Green Shield account to submit claims online and register for direct deposit.

Make all health and dental claims to Green Shield no later than 12 months after the date you receive the eligible benefit. 


Learn more about your graduate students insurance.

If you’ve come from outside Canada to study or work at uOttawa and aren’t covered by a provincial or territorial health insurance plan, you’re eligible for UHIP. The coverage period is from September 1 to August 31.
 

  • Hospital care in Ontario
  • Doctors’ and other practitioners’ services 
  • Ambulance 
  • Diagnostic, laboratory and X-ray services 
  • Vision care 
  • Prescription drugs 
  • Dental surgery 
  • Emergency services outside Ontario 

Most eligible services are fully covered under the plan with no additional expense to you. However, some medical professionals may bill you for an amount that exceeds the UHIP coverage. If so, you pay the difference between the two amounts.

If must submit a claim, complete the UHIP claim form and attach your receipt. 

Mail your form to the address indicated or email your UHIP claim form to the insurer, Sun Life. Your subject line should include #50150 and your UHIP member ID. 

Make all claims to Sun Life within 12 months of the service date.   


Learn more about your UHIP coverage. 

 

If you’ve opted out of UHIP and are covered under your parent’s or spouse’s insurance, contact your insurance provider for information on your coverage.