PSHCP COVID-19 update

This web page was last updated on September 4, 2020.

Out-of-Province Benefit information from the PSHCP

The Federal Public Service Health Care Plan Administration Authority released an article about the Out-of-Province Benefit for members with supplementary coverage offering important information and reminders for those considering upcoming travel. If you have questions regarding the PSHCP Out-of-Province Benefit, please contact the PSHCP Call Centre at 1-888-757-7427 (toll-free) or 613-247-5100 (in the National Capital Region).

Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) members who experience a medical emergency while travelling outside their province or territory of residence will continue to be covered for up to C$500,000 per participant for eligible emergency medical expenses in excess of the amount payable by a province or territory to treat an injury or disease that occurs within 40 days from the date of departure. This includes coverage for any member that contracts COVID-19 while travelling. Please review the article above for more details.

Note: This article was updated on August 6 to clarify coverage while COVID-19 travel advisories are in place.

Update on PSHCP temporary measures

On April 24, 2020, the Government of Canada extended certain temporary changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) put in place on March 24, 2020, and implemented additional temporary changes that remain in effect until non-critical business is authorized to resume or as indicated otherwise.

These temporary changes to the PSHCP affect the following provisions:

  • Emergency Benefit While Travelling
  • Drug Benefit
  • Medical Practitioners Benefit

For more information on these changes, please visit the Government of Canada website.