Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)


What is it?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) administers the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). The program provides limited, temporary health coverage for:

  • protected persons, including resettled refugees;
  • refugee claimants; and
  • certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance.

Who is eligible?

Refugees are assessed by CIC to determine their eligibility for one of the different forms of healthcare coverage. If eligible they will be issued a document for health coverage with their picture on it. The document is valid for 12 months. If applicants are still eligible after this time, they must apply for an extension. If coverage is extended, it will only be registered electronically in CIC’s system.

How does it work?

The IFHP provides three basic types of coverage, depending on the category of the claimant. Not all claimants receive the same level of coverage so it is important to check what type of coverage you are eligible for.

The program is administered by Medavie Blue Cross, however all policy and final adjudication is solely the responsibility and at the discretion of CIC. For more information, go to the Interim Federal Health Program Web site or call 1-888-242-2100.

If the refugee/refugee claimant has any questions regarding procedures or services covered by the plan, they must contact a local Immigration Canada office (phone numbers can be found in your local phone book), not Medavie Blue Cross.

Here is the IFHP Information Handbook for Healthcare Providers.