Interim Federal Health Program: Apply for coverage from inside Canada

In most cases, you don’t need to apply for Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage. Your immigration status determines your eligibility and your coverage is activated or cancelled automatically. You may need to apply if you believe you’re eligible but your claim was rejected.

Before you apply for coverage, make sure you’re eligible for the IFHP.

If you’re eligible, you can apply to

  • get new coverage
  • extend your coverage
  • request confirmation of your IFHP coverage if your original IFHP eligibility document has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

Prepare your application

You can get help to open an application form or to complete an application form in the Help Centre.

Submit your application

You can submit your application online or by mail


Follow these steps to apply online:

  • Create an account.
  • Under the heading “what would you like to do today”, select “apply for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)”.
  • Upload your saved application form.
  • You’ll receive a response to your application by e-mail, through your account.

By mail

Before mailing your application

  • sign and date your application form
  • include your supporting documents
  • use enough postage

Mail your completed application to the nearest Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office.

After you apply

Contact us using our webform if

  • you change your address
  • there are changes to your family situation
  • you have new information that is important to your application


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