A refugee is a person who has fled their own country because they are at risk of serious human rights violations and persecution there, are unable to return, and need protection.

Canada has two refugee protection programs to help meet this need:

  • In-Canada Asylum Program – for people making refugee protection claims from within Canada
  • Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program – for people who need protection from outside Canada

Canadian Refugee Resources

Offers free psychotherapy assessment and treatment services for refugees. We then produce a detailed report by a licensed psychotherapist that gets added to refugee claimants’ cases, making their cases stronger and increasing their chances of successfully passing the court hearing. We offer our services to all individuals (not only refugees) including children and youth.

The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) is a contribution program through which the Government of Canada provides assistance for resettled refugees to establish themselves in their new home. The program has two main components: income support and a range of immediate essential services.

Canada has several programs to help refugees resettle in Canada: Health Care, Financial help, Rights as Refugees, Fraud Protection, Help Adjusting, Government Assistance and more.

Moving to a new country can be exciting and challenging. Find information about what to expect when you arrive, residency and immigration status, and your rights and responsibilities in Canada. If you are new to Canada, you can find answers to common questions about your new home.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.