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The Government of British Columbia is preparing to fully subsidize public health care for international students. Graeme Wood of Glacier Media writes that the subsidy poses a potential annual cost of $100M. BCCFS Chairperson Aran Armutlu told Wood that international students deserve the same concessions as domestic students who enjoy free health care, adding that international student fees in BC are, on average, four times higher than domestic fees. The decision will see BC join Saskatchewan and New Brunswick as one of the few provinces and territories to extend public health care insurance coverage to international students who have resided there for less than a year, reports Wood. Alberta, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Nunavut offer public healthcare coverage after residing for 12 months, while the remaining provinces and territories do not offer coverage to international students.

Prince George Citizen (Glacier Media)

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