Determine your eligibility – Interim Federal Health Program

On April 1, 2016, the Interim Federal Health Program was restored to pre-2012 levels of coverage for all beneficiaries. Here is some important information about this change and what it means for you.

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides coverage to all eligible beneficiaries, including basic, supplemental and prescription drug coverage.

For the following groups of beneficiaries, the IFHP also covers the cost of one Immigration Medical Exam (IME):

  • refugee claimants waiting for a decision,
  • ineligible refugee claimants,
  • victims of human trafficking, and
  • detainees.

IFHP eligible groups

The list below is an overview of groups that are eligible for the IFHP and the length of coverage available to them:

1) Resettled refugees

Length of coverage

  • Basic coverage is provided only until the beneficiary qualifies for provincial or territorial health insurance.
  • Supplemental and prescription drug coverage is provided as long as the beneficiary receives income support from the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) (or its equivalent in Quebec) or until the beneficiary is no longer under private sponsorship.

2) Protected persons in Canada

  • Individuals who receive a positive decision on their asylum claim
  • Individuals who receive a positive decision on their pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) and become a protected person

Length of coverage

  • Basic, supplemental and prescription drug coverage is provided for 90 days from the date the asylum claim or PRRA is accepted, or until they become eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance.

3) Refugee claimants

  • Refugee claimants awaiting decision
    Individuals who are waiting for a decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) on their asylum claim, including any appeals of a negative decision.
  • Rejected refugee claimants
    Individuals whose asylum claim is rejected by the IRB and the negative decision was not appealed, or whose right to judicial review or any appeal of that judicial review has been exhausted.
  • Ineligible refugee claimants
    Individuals whose claim for refugee protection is determined ineligible to be referred to the IRB and who are eligible to apply for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA).
  • Positive PRRA decision
    Individuals who receive a positive decision on their PRRA and receive a stay of removal.

Length of coverage

  • Basic, supplemental and prescription drug coverage continues until the beneficiary leaves Canada or becomes eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance.
  • IFHP coverage will be cancelled immediately when an individual’s asylum claim is:
    • withdrawn
    • found to be abandoned by the IRB, or
    • re-determined as ineligible and the individual isn’t eligible to apply for a PRRA.

4) Victims of human trafficking

  • Victims of human trafficking who have a valid temporary resident permit (under section 24(3) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

Length of coverage

  • Basic, supplemental and prescription drug coverage continues for the duration of the temporary resident permit.

5) Detainees

  • Individuals detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) while in detention.

Length of coverage

  • Basic, supplemental and prescription drug coverage continues for the period that the individual is detained by the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) under the IRPA.

For more information on the benefits covered by the IFHP, please see the IFHP Summary of Coverage.

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