If you are a refugee or a refugee claimant and need health coverage, the Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program may be able to help you.
The IFH program pays for medical services for a short period of time after you arrive in Canada.
The program is for some refugees and refugee claimants.
If you cannot afford to pay for medical services and you do not have provincial health insurance (such as OHIP), you may be able to get medical services through the IFH program.
If you are a government-assisted refugee or a privately-sponsored refugee and are resettling in Ontario, you might be able to get full benefits under the IFH program until you can get provincial health insurance, like OHIP.
After you get OHIP, you may still be able to get partial benefits under the IFH program for up to 12 months after you arrive in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) decides if you are eligible for the IFH Program.
The IFH Program does not replace OHIP and does not provide the same level of coverage as OHIP.
Effective June 30, 2012 the IFH program will end coverage of supplemental health-care benefits. You can read more information about the changes to the IFH program and find a summary of the changes on the CIC website.
What does the IFH Program cover?
The Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program is for some refugees and refugee claimants. You can find out more about the Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program here.
Am I eligible for the IFH Program?
To find out if you are eligible for the Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program, you can contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC decides if you are able to get full benefits under the IFH Program.
You can contact CIC directly at their Call Centre, toll-free 1-888-242-2100