Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

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

The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) is a contribution program. It has two main components: income support and assistance for a range of immediate essential services.

Immediate and essential services are delivered by Service Provider Organizations (SPOs), generally within the first 4-6 weeks of a newcomer’s arrival in Canada. Activities include the following:

  • meeting newcomers at the airport or final destination in Canada
  • providing temporary accommodation
  • providing basic orientation to Canada, life skills training and financial orientation
  • assisting in finding permanent accommodation
  • referring to other settlement programs



Income support allowances can be basic (provided to all RAP recipients) or conditional (provided only under certain circumstances). Certain allowances are provided one-time only, while others are provided on an ongoing monthly basis.

Learn more about allowances.

Calculating and delivering income support

Income support management

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