For specific resources for newcomers, you may wish to contact a settlement support agency in Ontario. Among other things, these agencies can help you find an interpreter and guide you in accessing the health care system. maintains a list of agencies.

If you are a refugee, know that the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) includes basic, supplemental, and prescription coverage for: resettled refugees, certain people protected under asylum claims, refugee claimants (including those awaiting decision or whom have been rejected), victims of human trafficking, and those detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

In most cases, the IFHP covers primary care and doctor’s visits, including mental health doctors, for up to three months, and medications and prescriptions for up to 12 months.

More information about what IFHP covers and the specific duration of the coverage is available at You may want to specifically take note of the following links: