Policies, ministerial instructions, and agreements

Public policies

Find information about IRCC’s public policies.

Interim Federal Health Program Policy

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides in-Canada limited, temporary coverage for health-care benefits to protected persons, refugee claimants and other specified groups who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. It also provides certain pre-departure medical services to refugees coming to Canada for resettlement.

Ministerial instructions

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) of 2002 provides the legislative authority for Canada’s immigration program. The IRPA contains various provisions that allow the Minister to issue special Instructions to immigration officers to enable the Government of Canada to best attain its immigration goals.


Find information about agreements between Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and other departments and governments.


Guidelines for the Negative Discretion Authority

Remissions Policy

Our departmental remissions policy outlines how we process remissions (refunds) for specific program fees if we don’t meet our service standards.


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