On December 15, 2012, further important changes to Canada’s refugee determination system came into effect. These changes are contained in Bill C-31 which makes numerous changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In response to the IFHP cuts, Western medical students developed a YouTube video.
Under the leadership of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, a Resource Map for Newcomers With No Health Coverage (PDF 132KB) and a Community Resource Booklet for Newcomers (PDF 862KB) was developed by a group of concerned citizens and agencies within the London and Middlesex community. These resources outline no cost/low cost services that are available locally to assist professionals and service providers who are working with newcomers in our community.
On December 9, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care announced the new Ontario Temporary Health Program (OTHP) which addresses the gaps that resulted from the cuts to the Interim Federal health Program.