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Interim Federal Health Program – Coverage for Syrian Refugees

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The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited, temporary health coverage for resettled refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health-care coverage. Eligible individuals receive coverage under the IFHP until they are eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. The IFHP also does not cover health care services and products where a claim can be made under a private insurance plan.


Syrian Refugees Destination Communities

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Refugees arriving from Syria will be a mix of government-assisted refugees (GARs), privately sponsored refugees (PSRs), and blended visa office-referred refugees (BVORs). Where they will go after arriving in Canada-known as their destination community-is based on one of these three programs.


Airport Receiving areas and Welcome Centres

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New receiving areas for Syrian refugees at ports-of-entry at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport are being temporarily put in place and will be operational until the end of February 2016. This will make processing at the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible for refugees who have made a long journey to their new home in Canada.


Processing Overview

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Identifying who may be eligible to come to Canada is an important first step in meeting Canada's commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016.


Map of destination communities for privately sponsored Syrian refugees

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The Government of Canada has announced a goal of bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February, 2016. The majority will be government-assisted refugees who will go to communities across Canada, where organizations with support services are available to help them integrate.


#WelcomeRefugees to Canada

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Resettling refugees is a proud and important part of Canada's humanitarian tradition. It reflects our commitment to Canadians and demonstrates to the world that we have a shared responsibility to help people who are displaced and persecuted.


Commitments for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees

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The Government will speed up processing and issue visas to more Syrian refugees by the end of this year.


Sponsoring Refugees

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Changes announced today will help Canadians who are sponsoring persons fleeing the crisis in Syria and Iraq.


Canada's China Transit Program Grows

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The China Transit Program allows eligible citizens from China, who normally need a visa to enter Canada, to transit through the country visa-free when travelling to or from the United States (U.S), if they meet certain conditions.


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