Refugee Resettlement

As Canada welcomes Syrian refugees to their new home, family physician leadership will be key to ensuring the primary care needs of refugees are met. The following is a list of relevant resources to support you in your practice. Updates to this list will be made as new information becomes available.

Clinical Tools

Early Assessment Considerations for Primary Care Providers, MOHLTC, Jan. 21, 2016

Evidence-Based Preventative Care Checklist For New Immigrants and Refugees, Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH)

Resources and Links

Government of Canada's Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)

Sample IFHP Certificate

Sample IME Report

Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health:

Canadian Paediatric Society: Kids New to Canada

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: The Refugee Mental Health Project

CMAJ Refugee Health Resources

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

NEW Fact Sheet: Dental Coverage for Syrian Refugees

Fact Sheet:
Health Care Services Contact Information for Health Care Providers

Fact Sheet:
Refugee Health Line: Request for Health Care Providers to Provide Transitional Care for Refugees

Fact Sheet:
Syrian Refugee Health Care Options in Ontario. This is available in multiple languages here.

For more details, download the entire Ontario Health System Action Plan Syrian Refugees.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Public Health Agency of Canada: Immunization of Persons New to Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada hosted two one-hour webinars on Syrian refugee health for public health professionals, health-care providers, public health emergency managers, provincial and territorial Ministries of Health, and academics.The presentation slide deck for the first webinar is available here:

Caring for Syrian Refugees: Overview of the Canadian Context and International Best Practices

Coming Soon: Mental and Psychosocial Health Needs of Syrian Refugees
World Health Organization (WHO) Migration Webinar Slide Deck

Articles and Publications

Patient Resources and Translations

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Updates

Other Ways to Help

Local communities are also undertaking relief efforts and there are numerous settlement agencies across the province. If you are interested in supporting efforts in your local community, please refer to this list.

  • If you or your community are interested in sponsoring an individual or family arriving from Syria, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more information. 

Many relief agencies and health organizations are mobilizing support among their respective members and constituents. Organizations are asking for funding to provide the most basic needs to resettle families coming to Canada, as well as to help those remaining in Syria.