Elderly Health Coverage for Parent and Grandparent Super Visas

As you may have heard, on November 4 Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced phase 1 of an action plan for faster family reunification. Part of the plan includes a new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. Designed to be issued quickly and valid for 10 years, this new multiple-entry visa is one step the Citizenship and Immigration Canada is taking to help clear up the backlog of permanent residency applications from parents and grandparents of Canadian residents.

When applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, applicants will be required to obtain private Canadian healthcare insurance for at least 365 days and for no less than $100,000 of coverage. As a result of this prerequisite, you can go to


Complete the required data then select “SUPER VISTOR STAR”

The healthcare insurance will be continuous throughout the 365 days—regardless of the number of times a parent or grandparent returns to their home country. The GMS online rate estimator will begin providing quotes for 365 days of Immigrants & Visitors coverage for applicants age 55 and over. In addition, the online Immigrants & Visitors application will be updated to include a “Super Visa” option under the “Visitors to Canada Plan” section. To purchase a plan, simply log into the GMS website and click on the “Immigrants & Visitors” link on the left-hand side of the screen.

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