I am a permanent resident of Canada. I am planning to sponsor my parents to come and live with me in Canada as permanent residents. Looking at this page, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/sponsor/parents.asp it says that the sponsored parents should not seek social assistance. Does medical insurance in Canada qualify as social assistance? Does that I mean I can't get medical insurance for them after they come and settle here?
In Canada the term "social assistance" is a politer synonym for welfare, which are benefits provided based on need. Provincial health insurance is a benefit available to all residents whether they "need" it or not. The rules for qualifying vary by province but it is generally available after 3 months of residence (in Ontario this is true if one is absent from the province no more than 30 days in the first 6 months); you may need to find private insurance to cover them until then if you don't want to gamble.