Connecting with the health care system is an important part of the settlement process when moving to Canada from another country. For those who grew up in Canada, we don’t always realize how complex navigating the system for the first time can be.
To promote good health and address their health care needs we need to ensure immigrants and refugees to Canada have the best possible access to primary care and preventative care services so health conditions do not get worse. A one-size-fits-all approach to program and service delivery is not sufficient to respond to the growing and diverse needs of immigrants and refugees who arrive from different countries with unique languages, cultures, norms and migration histories.
This think piece emphasizes the importance of equitable access to care and explores promising practices and strategies to improving health care access for immigrants and refugees in the GTA.