B.C. Residency Definitions

Preference is given to residents of British Columbia; however, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year.

For MD Undergraduate Admissions purposes, applicants are considered BC residents if they hold a currently valid BC Services Card by the application deadline.*

Possession of a BC Services Card is intended to signify residency in British Columbia. It is expected that applicants claiming BC residency are residents of BC and meet all MSP eligibility guidelines: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/eligibility-and-enrolment/are-you-eligible. BC residents who study outside of BC or are temporarily outside of BC for another reason must be eligible to maintain their coverage according to MSP guidelines for temporary absences outside of BC:  http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/managing-your-msp-account/leaving-bc-temporarily.

The Admissions Office reserves the right to ask for additional information or documentation about an applicant’s BC residency at any time during the application cycle. Any attempt to claim BC residency status without meeting all residency requirements may negatively affect your application to the MD Undergraduate Program.

By the application deadline, applicants must submit a scanned copy or photocopy of their BC Services Card.  This card must be valid throughout the entire application cycle and will be checked at the time of interview and when offers are made.

Residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are treated as BC residents and will be required to provide equivalent documentation to the BC residency requirement.  Applicants with a PhD completed by the application deadline**, supported Indigenous applicants, and supported MD/PhD applicants will have their BC residency requirement waived.

Information on the BC Services Card can be found at BC Ministry of Health.

*Please note that BC CareCards, Confirmation of Continued Coverage Letter, and Interim Services Cards are not accepted as proof of BC residency.

**If the PhD is not conferred on the transcript submitted to the Admissions Office, by the application deadline applicants must submit an official letter from the Faculty of Graduate Studies confirming program completion. The letter must be a hard copy in a sealed envelope from the Faculty of Graduate Studies; electronic or faxed copies are not acceptable.