What is the difference between IFH and OHIP and which one should the refugees apply for?

In general, resettled refugees are eligible for basic health coverage from the province or territory of residence upon arrival in Canada.

For all Syrian refugees, the IFHP will provide basic coverage during any waiting periods required by the province or territory they are settling in, or during any time where the refugee has not yet applied for or been issued their provincial/territorial health coverage.

Once they receive health insurance from the province or territory that they settle in, the IFHP will continue to provide coverage for supplemental services, like dental and vision care, and prescription drugs for up to one year.

The certificate that IFHP beneficiaries need to show to health-care providers each time they seek services are being given to Syrian refugees by Canada Border Services Agency officers upon their arrival in Canada or at an inland IRCC office shortly after arrival. An information sheet is also being provided.

For information about the Ontario Health Card and how to apply for it, you can read this factsheet from ServiceOntario.