You should read this excellent advice from Tia Robertson of the International Office.
The application form for the GSS' Pacific Blue Cross Extended Health Coverage is here.
The International Commons is located in the McPherson Library, and is a great source of academic support. They offer academic advising and work with the Centre for Academic Communication to provide writing skills assistance.
International Student Services
International Student Services (ISS) is dedicated to helping you get the most from your UVic experience. Consider us your local consultants for all things new and different. We offer pre-arrival support, arrival and settlement support, and ongoing support throughout your studies. http://www.uvic.ca/international/students/index.php
UVic Global Community Initiative
The Global Community is a program area within ISS that involves international, indigenous and domestic students, staff and faculty working together to celebrate diversity, advance inter-cultural competency and cultivate an inclusive and globally minded campus. http://www.uvic.ca/international/students/home/global-community/index.php