It is not mandatory to have travel/medical insurance when participating in our programs, but we strongly recommend it.
World Nomads travel insurance is recommended by Lonely Planet. The insurance premiums are very low, yet cover everything you need for a trip abroad. It is convenient to purchase as you can pay by credit cards through the internet. To get your travel medical insurance within minutes, check it out at:
If you are a Canadian resident covered by a government health insurance plan for the full duration of the trip, then you will probably be able to get better deals through other sources. Ask a local ISIC office, local travel agencies, or local banks for travel insurance options for Canadian residents. You may find the following links helpful: