Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The IFHP, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC),  provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to resettled refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance. The IFHP does not cover the cost of health‐care services or products that a person may claim (even in part) under a public or private health insurance plan/program. The IFHP does not coordinate benefits with other insurance plans/programs therefore co‐payments are not possible.

News Flash

Effective April 24, 2017 providers will receive information by email, introducing the launch of the ePay Provider Portal for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). This portal is currently in use by all other Federal customers.   As of April 24th , providers will no longer be able to register through this portal as we work toward the transition to the new portal. The launch date of the ePay Provider Portal for IRCC is May 15, 2017.   Please continue to verify eligibility and submit claims and pre-authorization requests up until May 14, 2017, through this portal.


10-digit Unique Client Identifier – Effective December 15, 2016

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is moving to ten-digit client ID (UCI) numbers to accommodate an increasing number of applicants. Effective December 15, 2016, ten-digit UCIs will be issued to new beneficiaries of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Client IDs for existing beneficiaries will not change.

As the Medavie Blue Cross Claims system only accepts up to a nine-digit UCI, when submitting claims electronically or on paper for any beneficiaries with a ten-digit UCI, please enter only the last nine digits of the UCI. Do not enter the first digit of the UCI.

The bulletin can be found on the Medavie Blue Cross provider website:


Refugee Protection Claimants Documents

Please note that Refugee Protection Claimants Documents (RPCDs) issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or the Canada Border Services Agency between July 23, 2016 and August 12, 2016 do not include a date issued under the client information or an IFHP effective date under the additional information.

Despite these omissions, clients may still be eligible for coverage under the IFHP. In cases where a beneficiary presents an RPCD without IFHP validity, please verify the eligibility using the Coverage Tab within the Provider Portal before providing services.

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