Determine your eligibility in Canada – Interim Federal Health Program

We’re updating this page to include changes to the intake process for refugee claimants that came into effect on July 8, 2019.

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,
  • refugee claimants who are ineligible to be referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and who are eligible to apply for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA),
  • 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 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

A refugee claimant is a person who makes a claim for refugee protection in Canada. This includes a refugee claimant:

  • waiting for a decision on whether their claim is eligible to be referred to the IRB
  • whose claim for refugee protection has been referred to the IRB and who is waiting for a final decision from the IRB on their claim
  • whose claim for refugee protection has been rejected by the IRB
  • whose claim for refugee protection is ineligible to be referred to the IRB but who is eligible to apply for a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA)
  • who gets a positive decision on a PRRA and receives 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 if:
    • the refugee claimant withdraws their claim for refugee protection
    • the IRB determines that a claim for refugee protection has been abandoned
    • the claim for refugee protection is ineligible to be referred to the IRB and the refugee claimant 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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