Health care – Refugees

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to people in the following groups who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance

  • protected persons, including resettled refugees;
  • refugee claimants; and
  • certain other groups.

The IFHP does not cover the cost of health-care services or products that a person may claim (even in part) under a public or private health insurance plan. The IFHP does not coordinate benefits with other insurance plans/programs so co-payments aren’t possible.

If you are a refugee selected for resettlement, you may also be covered for certain medical services before you leave for Canada. Find out:


For individuals

Find out who is eligible, how to apply and what coverage is available.

For health-care professionals

Learn how to verify patients’ eligibility and submit claims.

For more information

For information about the benefits available, see Interim Federal Health Program: Summary of Coverage.

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