2.A Refugees: From Eligibility to Arrival
A.6 How are refugees screened?
(v) Who should cover the costs of screening?
How Canada Does It
The costs of all screening activities are covered by the Government of Canada or its screening partners.
Article 34 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees states that “The Contracting States shall as far as possible facilitate the assimilation and naturalization of refugees. They shall in particular make every effort to expedite naturalization proceedings and to reduce as far as possible the charges and costs of such proceedings”.
Until 1 April 2017, Canada offered loans to refugee applicants to cover the costs of their medical examinations (“admissibility loan”). As of 1 April 2017, these costs are now covered by the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). The IFHP has been further expanded to provide coverage to refugees for the costs of follow-up treatment for diseases affecting admissibility to Canada (e.g. tuberculosis, syphilis); vaccinations; medical support during travel; and management and control of communicable diseases in refugee camps.