GSA Health & Dental Plan


September 2 – September 25, 2022 Scroll down to Change of Coverage section for details

Empower Me

is a short-term solution for your mental health concerns. Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues.

Learn more about Empower Me here

Have questions?

Visit the StudentCare website for the most up-to-date details about the GSA Health and Dental Plan including plan coverage, how to claim, change your coverage, and so on. You can also contact StudentCare directly for details regarding your account.

StudentCare website

Overview of the GSA Health & Dental Plan

To help University of Calgary graduate students pay for the health services they need, the GSA has partnered with Studentcare in order to provide students with extended health and dental coverage. The Plan is designed specifically to fill the gaps in provincial care (the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan - AHCIP)

Watch the recording: GSA Health & Dental Q&A (September 3, 2021)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fee Table

Please note: The fees listed below is in effect starting May 2022.
  • Single Student


    Health = $330.00
    Dental = $296.00

  • Add One Dependent (spouse OR child) for an additional


    Health = $330.00
    Dental = $296.00

  • Add Family Members (spouse + unlimited number of children) for an additional


    Health = $660.00
    Dental = $592.00

Quick Links

Download your New Pay-Direct Card

Desjardins Insurance’s carrier number has changed to 51

Download and fill in your Full name and Student ID.

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Submit your claims faster with the Omni app by Desjardins app

Learn more and download the app here.

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Your Plan at a Glance

Download the your Plan Guide here

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Alberta Health Care Insurance

Have no Canadian provincial health care? You'll need it to be able to use the Health and Dental Plan.
A provincial plan is a requirement for your insurance benefits plan (below) to be active.
To obtain Alberta Health Care:

Learn more about Alberta medical insurance on the UCalgary's International Student Services page here:

*Any Canadian provincial healthcare card should work with the GSA Health and Dental Plan.

NEW! Virtual Health Care Service


As an eligible student, you now have access to Dialogue—an online service offered through your student Plan administrator, Studentcare, that connects you virtually with nurses and physicians.

To keep you at your best every day, Dialogue makes health professionals available to you wherever you are. Health care is always just a tap away, and you never have to wait in line at a clinic.

Attention! International students
International students can also consult a nurse or doctor for any health-related questions via chat, video, or phone. Please note that specialist referrals and drug prescriptions are not available outside of Canada.

For any questions, contact

Get started with Dialogue here

Empower Me

Students covered by the GSA Health Plan have access to Empower Me - a mental health and wellness service that seeks to contribute to a resilient student community by supporting existing on-campus and Studentcare mental health resources.

Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. As a student covered by the GSA Health Plan, you're entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

Visit the Empower Me page HERE.

Empower Me is:

  • Available 24/7, 365 days per year
  • Confidential
  • Multilingual
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Gender inclusive
  • Faith inclusive

    Connect with Empower Me:

    • Call the 24/7 helpline at 1-833-628-5589 from anywhere in North America to be directly connected to a trained counsellor—the person answering the phone is not an operator, administrator, or receptionist.

    Access Empower Me on the EAP Optima App

    You can also connect with Empower Me through the EAP Optima mobile app, available for download from the App Store and Google Play. With the app, you can:

    • Chat with a counsellor
    • Consult professionals via videoconferencing appointments
    • Call the 24/7 helpline
    • Access other health and wellness resources

    To create your account on the app, use this access code: 45295QG40
    For a step-by-step guide to creating an account, click here.

    Have more questions?
    Check out the FAQ here.

    For international students who are having difficulties getting through, or if you are in countries other than the ones with numbers that can get in contact directly through the call center, please email

    Other Resources

    UCalgary Student Wellness Services

    UCalgary Student Wellness Services offers health services, health promotion and outreach, and mental health services. For more details, visit

     Out of Province students seeking health care

    Student Wellness Services offers medical support for students. Students from out-of-province must arrange for Alberta Health Care coverage. For further information please see:

    Resources compiled by the GSA Mental Health & Wellness Committee