Resettlement: After arrival in Canada


This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

After arrival in Canada, refugees will be further assessed at the port of entry before admitted into Canada. After admitted and throughout their initial year, refugees are provided with much assistance with their new life in Canada.

Arrival at Canadian Port of Entry

Processing by Canadian Border Services Agency
General description of further processing of refugee at port of entry before admitted into Canada.

Resettlement Assistance Program Services - Port of Entry
Description of support services available at designated ports of entry.

Assistance for refugees

Support for payment of loans received
Available loans for refugees after admitted to Canada, eligibility criteria, processing steps and repayment requirements.

Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)
Financial and essential services provided to government-assisted refugees for in initial year after arrival in Canada.

Sponsor Support
Sponsors are required to provide financial and other supports to refugees. Support varies depending on needs of refugee(s).

Sponsorship Assurance Monitoring
Selected follow-up checks are done after refugees arrive in Canada to ensure sponsors are providing the required support. Penalties may apply where issues are found. The status of applicable Sponsorship Agreement Holders are managed accordingly.

For information about programs in Canada, see newcomer services and pre-arrival services for refugees.

Cases for priority or special processing
Considerations for assessing and processing special or priority case groups. Includes cases referred for urgent protection, vulnerable cases, public policies, applicants who are persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity expression (SOGIE-LGBTQI) and other groups requiring special attention.

Resettlement: Program delivery partners – roles and responsibilities
Key partners within and outside of IRCC and their respective responsibilities regarding resettlement.

For other processing stages, refer to:

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