The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits for resettled refugees.

  • IFHP is funded by IRCC and administered by Medavie Blue Cross.
  • A Certificate of Eligibility is issued upon arrival by Canada Border Service Agency and will be given to the newcomers at their Port of Entry.
  • To use IFHP coverage, you must present the certificate to the service provider.
  • Coverage lasts 12 months.

IFHP provides coverage in addition to Provincial programs.

• Benefits have certain limits, including maximum dollar amounts.
• IFHP will not approve care that can be accessed through OHIP. This means that resettled refugees are only likely to access supplemental and prescription drug coverage through IFHP


Medical services:

  • Doctor visits
  • Standard immunizations
  • Prenatal & obstetrical care
  • Lab tests & xrays

Hospital services:

  • Emergency room visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Medical & surgical care
  • Diagnostic imaging

Limited Vision Care:

  • One pair of eyewear (glasses &/or lenses every 2 years)
  • One vision test per year

Urgent Dental Care:

  • Emergency dental exams
  • Dental x-rays
  • Extractions
  • Dentures

Mental Health Services:

  • Psychological counselling
  • Assistive devices, medical supplies & equipment.

Prescribed medication and other pharmacy products. 

(Note: Coverage for prescriptions covers only generic drugs.)

Service Providers:

  • Service providers (doctors, dentists, etc.) must be registered with Medavie Blue Cross to accept IFHP coverage. Any service provider can register easily by filling out this form.
  • Sometimes, service providers can advocate for discretion in coverage. This depends greatly on the health care provider.

There is a list of service providers that accept IFHP on the Medavie Blue Cross website (including Pharmacies, Doctors, Specialists etc.)

Helpful Links:

IFHP Policy
IFHP Summary of Benefits

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