Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP): Eligibility: Immigration categories eligible for support
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
Permanent residence categories
The following table shows the immigration categories that may qualify for income support and immediate essential services. For more information, see the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) regulations for eligibility: R139(f)(ii) and R144-148.
A person’s immigrant category is identified in the:
- Application details on the Confirmation of Permanent Residence, or
- Immigrant Category box of a Temporary Resident Permit
Immigration categories that may qualify for income support and immediate essential services
|Category||Description||Special Needs Cases|
|CR5||Government-Assisted Refugee||Under joint assistance sponsorship|
|RA5||Government-assisted member of Designated
Humanitarian Asylum Class Country
|Under joint assistance sponsorship|
|CRS||Privately sponsored refugee admitted to Canada
under cost-sharing/blended initiatives are also eligible to receive prescribed RAP income support based on specific initiatives set out by the Department.
|Must not be special needs case|
Permanent residents admitted to Canada who were granted permanent residence under section 25.1 of IRPA are also eligible to receive income support or RAP services. The approval of RAP funding for these persons is restricted to Directors General.
Permanent residents admitted to Canada, who were granted permanent residence under section 25.2 of IRPA as part of a group under public policy established by the Minister on unique and compelling humanitarian situations and where no other means of financial support is available are also eligible to receive income support or RAP services.
Note: The approval of RAP funding for these persons is at the discretion of the Minister.
Temporary resident categories
Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) arriving on temporary resident permits (e.g., urgent protection cases) are considered to be part of the Protected Permanent Residence Class and are eligible for RAP income support and services upon arrival in Canada.
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