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RRT-VI Healthcare Resources

The  Refugee Readiness Team – Vancouver Island addressed healthcare in the following ways:

Vancouver Island Refugee Response Team 2022 healthcare worker

  • Ensuring that forcibly displaced individuals have access to information on the healthcare system and associated services.
  • Increasing the number of healthcare professionals registered with the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).
  • Discussing opportunities to have dedicated medical staff for forcibly displaced people and building bridges to mental healthcare services.
  • Facilitating access to healthcare services for resettled refugees and displaced Ukrainians.

Newcomers Navigating Healthcare Report

This report presents the findings and insights from conversations that took place at the ‘Newcomers Navigating Healthcare: A Community Dialogue’ held on April 14th, 2023, hosted by the Refugee Readiness Team Vancouver Island (RRT-VI) and the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP). The report explores the challenges and systemic inequities that newcomers experience when accessing healthcare services on Vancouver Island. Participants whose voices make up the report came from various service areas and were encouraged to consider how best to overcome these challenges by implementing better processes and policies and taking concrete actions in their respective sectors. This report represents a high-level summary of those vital conversations and is an important first step toward taking action to promote equitable healthcare services and policies in the Greater Victoria Regional District.

Published: October 2023

Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) Resources

This document provides complete information on the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). The IFHP provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to resettled refugees, refugee claimants and certain other groups who do not have access to public health insurance or private insurance for a service or product.





This document provides quick reference information and links to the Interim Federal Health Program.





GVLIP Healthcare Resources

We are responsive to the needs and aspirations of newcomers and the communities we live in, we are founded on collaboration and partnership, and we are results-oriented and dedicated to making a real difference in the community. Our Health Sector Table works and advises on many healthcare issues facing newcomers, immigrants and refugees in Greater Victoria.

The Refugee Readiness Team – Vancouver Island (RRT-VI) was an initiative that commenced in March 2022 and concluded in March 2024. As of March 31, 2024, this project has reached its completion and is no longer active. The materials presented here reflect the efforts and accomplishments of RRT-VI during its two-year duration. Please note that the services and activities described herein are not ongoing. For current initiatives and support services for refugees and displaced Ukrainians, please refer to the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) or other relevant local organizations and authorities.


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