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University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

Definitions of the different student types under the UHIP program.

Update on your UHIP coverage 

Starting from September 1, 2022, your UHIP coverage will be provided by the Cowan Insurance Group, and no longer by Sun Life Financial. Until August 31, 2022, you can use your Sun Life coverage card and make your claims to Sun Life, however, any claims after September 1, 2022, will be handled with Cowan. 

Provincial or territorial health insurance plans

Students or dependants covered by a provincial or territorial health insurance plan such as the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) must provide uOInternational with a letter from the plan confirming insurance coverage prior to the effective date of the coverage. 

If your provincial or territorial plan doesn’t provide such a letter (as with Quebec’s RAMQ), you must provide uOInternational with a photocopy of the plan health card as soon as you receive it. Your UHIP premiums will then be reimbursed, if applicable. 

If you fail to provide proof of coverage such through letter from your provincial or territorial plan or a copy of your provincial or territorial health card prior to the effective date of UHIP coverage, you won’t receive a retroactive premium reimbursement. 

For reimbursements, the insurer determines the amount to be reimbursed (full or partial premiums). 

Contact us


Tabaret Hall, Room M386
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5847
Fax: 613-562-5100
Email: [email protected]

Hours of operation

September 1 to May 31: 
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please note that the University of Ottawa offices are closed during statutory holidays and during the winter break. Visit the Important academic dates and deadlines page for more information.