If you reside in BC for a minimum of 6 months per calendar year, you need to apply for a British Columbia Medical Services Plan (for the sake of saving space and time I’ll refer to it as BC MSP). BC MSP is a health coverage plan for the permanent residents; which means that the visitors and tourists are not eligible. You can obtain the coverage through your employer, or get a self-administered plan. Under the Medicare Protection Act, enrolment with MSP is mandatory for all eligible residents and their dependents.
Renting a house in Vancouver may be very difficult, and as such, it requires a lot of stamina and patience. Since 2008 I have lived in 5 different houses and apartments, viewed over 2 dozen suites and helped some of my friends to find a good (or a satisfactory) place to live. Some landlords will not rent to you unless they get all sorts of references from you and make you sign a 1-year lease, and some will be less demanding, and will rent to you after a 10-minute conversation.
Apart from getting good grades in school, there are other things you can do to somewhat secure your future employment – like getting “out there” and meeting those “big” guys, who one day you may wish to work for (or if they wish you worked for them). I regret not doing that now when it is too late – but you don’t have to make the same mistake.
(A post by a very talented professional in her field, who also is my beautiful other half, Maria Polansky)
If you have been employed in BC, most likely you have paid taxes on your income. Deductions on the income include Federal and Provincial tax, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance amounts. CPP deductions go to your pension plan, and EI is compounded in a special fund, that is paid out if you lose your job due to circumstances beyond your control (e.g. if you get laid off).