Background

In August 2019, the provincial government announced that international students on study permits would have to pay a $75 / month health coverage fee — the exact same amount as the MSP premium — effective January 1, 2020. They also said that from September to December 2019, these international students would be charged a special $37.50 / month health coverage fee. A FAQ was published.

  • In the 1980’s TSSU members fought to be included in public health care and won in court. Now all BC residents, including international students are covered.
  • In the 1990’s we fought to have SFU pay the costs for MSP coverage, which is now 100% paid for Teaching Assistants, Tutor Markers, Sessional Instructors, etc.
  • In the 2010’s, SFU brought in Guard.me, charging high fees for lesser service and TSSU fought and won $120,000+ back for TSSU members, and a 30% cut in the price for everyone.

Our collective agreement says: “The University will pay the required premiums for MSP.” There is no ambiguity.

Now SFU is at it again. Trying to undermine paying the required premiums for MSP. Together, we’ll fight back.

Take Action

  • The TSSU general membership has passed an open letter opposing the health coverage fee and demanding action from SFU President Petter. View and sign the letter.