Health Plan

About the Health Plan

The UWSA Health Plan ensures coverage for costs outside of Manitoba Health. The health plan covers portions of prescription drugs, hospital accommodations, custom footwear and orthotics, professional services from acupuncture, chiropractors, podiatrists, psychologists, speech therapists, naturopaths, registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, sports therapists, and homeopaths, accidental and basic dental, prescription eye glasses and contact lenses, eye exams, and tutors.

As part of the National Student Health Network, through the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), our insurance provider is Green Shield Canada.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more answers!

*UWSA offices are closed till further notice but staff are still available virtually. Please email us at for assistance.

Questions? Check out the Health Plan FAQs! 

Opt-Change/Opt-Out Out Deadlines

Fall Term Opt-Change/Opt-Out Deadline: September 21, 2020

Winter Term Opt-Change/Opt-Out Deadline:  January 19, 2021

Spring Term Opt-In/Opt-Change/Opt-Out Deadline: TBA 

Click here to Opt-Out before September 21. Coverage is mandatory for International students studying over six months. Only students starting in the Fall term can Opt-Out/Opt-Change right now. Students who started in January can Opt-Out/Opt-Change in the Winter term again.

Important Note:

Please note that new Green Shield accounts will be activated after the course add/drop period ends. Please keep your receipts for services used between the blackout period and you should be able to claim it retroactively. 

Please check your student account on Web Advisor for any outstanding fees!

Health Plan fees are assessed a few days after you register or make changes to your account, so there may be balance on your account.

Please email your name, student number, and any questions that you have regarding fee assessment to

Your UWSA Health Plan Number/Green Shield ID:

Your Green Shield ID is your UWSA Health Plan number and it is self-generating. It’s based off your University of Winnipeg Student ID number (found on your U of W student ID card).

Your Green Shield ID is UWS (Your student number)-00. The format looks like this: UWS#######-00.

If you opted in a spouse/partner or any dependents their ID is based off your student ID, as well. The format looks like this: UWS#######-01 for a partner/spouse, UWS#######-02 for eldest dependent, UWS#######-03 for next eldest dependent etc.

Who is on the Plan?

All full-time undergraduate students, taking 9 credit hours or more in a term, are automatically included in the UWSA health plan. All other U of W students (part-time, graduate, registered with accessibility services) have the option of opting into the UWSA health plan. As well, all students on the health plan can extend their coverage to their spouse, common-law partner, or children.

How to Create Your Account

Your UWSA Green Shield Health Plan is all online! You can set up and access your account at after the Opt-Out period has ended. Just follow the steps to get a registration key and have your UWSA Health Plan/GSC ID number handy! 

Please note that if you are creating a new account, you will only be able to do so after the Opt-Out period is over. Keep your receipts for any claims in the first two weeks of the term and you can claim them later.  

Want more information? Check out this video on how to create your account online:

How to Make Claims:

If your service provider does not direct bill, you will need to submit a claim by mail, online, or through the app. Set-up an account at online or download the app: GSC On the Go. Once you login, you can view your summary of benefits booklet and submit claims online. 

Read how to submit an Online Claim Form here:
How to submit an Online Claim Form

You can also chose to submit a paper General Claim Form and submit it to Info Booth or mail it to the Green Shield office.

Click here for instructions on how to fill up a paper claim form.

How to Opt Out

All opt outs for are done online here. A link will be available prior to the opt out date.

Only full-time students (9 credit hours/term or more) who are covered under another health benefits plan need to opt-out. If you’re registered for fewer than 9 credit hours, you’re not on the plan and don’t need to opt out.

For the Fall 2020 Term, International students who are unable to land in Canada in Fall 2020 term and are attending classes virtually from their home country can also Opt-Out. To Opt-Out, please submit a digital copy of the International Students Opt-Out Form to before the Opt-Out Deadline.

How to Opt In or Change your Plan

Opt in and Opt Change are for people who are not on the plan (part-time, Graduate, or students registered with accessibility services for full-time status), and for students who want to add family.

Did you know you can extend your coverage to your spouse and/or children! Even if you have other health benefits, the UWSA Health Plan can supplement that coverage.

Opt-In/Opt-Change Form 2020-21:  Use this fillable PDF form to opt-in or change your plan type and submit it to

Missed a deadline? Please file an appeal by filling up this form and emailing it to with 30 days of the Opt-Out/Opt-Change deadline.

Health Plan Fees for 2020/21

Different plan types have different costs.

Click here to download an accessible PDF version of the Health Plan rates: 2020-21 Health Plan Rates

Full-time undergraduate students are automatically charged the fee on their UWinnipeg student account when you pay for tuition. Please email your name, student number, and any questions that you have regarding fee assessment to

To find out if you’re eligible to receive awards or bursaries for student fees, including student association fees, please contact the UWinnipeg Awards Office at


Things you should check out!

UWSA Health Plan – Summary of Benefits– An overview of your benefits

For a detailed description of what is covered, check out your health benefits booklet.
Benefit Plan Booklet – Full time and Part time

For more information about your Green Shield membership, visit the Green Shield Student Centre, where you can set up direct deposit and manage your claims.

Access your account on your smart phone through the Green Shield App!
How to use the Green Shield App


Here are the forms you need to utilize the health plan and/or make changes to your coverage.

International Students Opt-Out Form This form is for International students who are unable to land in Canada in Fall 2020 term and are attending classes virtually from their home country only. Please submit a digital copy of this form to before the Opt-Out Deadline.

Opt-In/Opt-Change Form 2020-21: Use this fillable PDF form to opt-in or change your plan type and submit it to

Health Plan Appeal Form 2020-21 If you have issues with the health plan fees or service provision, you can submit a formal appeal with the Health Plan Coordinator.

General Claim Form or submit an Online Claim.

Click here for instructions on how to fill up a paper claim form.


Emmanuel Iwuoha
Retail Manager

Location: Bulman Students Centre, Room 0R04
Phone: 204.786.9992
Fax: 204.783.7080

Opt Out Issues or Complaints
Karolya Vargscarr, UWSA General Manager
Phone: 204-786-9073

Green Shield Customer Service
Customer Service Website


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