Syrian refugees arriving in Alberta are allowed to access health care services, if needed, once they arrive.

Syrian refugee health program

Until Syrian refugees receive their Alberta health care card, they are covered for up to 12 months under the Government of Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program. This program:

  • repays the cost of care to health-care providers, such as doctors, dentists, hospitals and pharmacies
  • covers prescription medications listed on the Alberta Drug Benefit List

Learn about the Interim Federal Health Program and health care for refugees from Syria (PDF, 53 KB).

Apply for your health card

Like anyone moving to Alberta, refugees need to apply for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) right away.

Learn how to apply for the AHCIP.


Connect with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan office.