Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP): Pro-rating and personal assets

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

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Pro-rating

RAP ongoing monthly allowances are to be pro-rated whenever possible to ensure that RAP income support is provided for no longer than 12 months (or 24 months for Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) or exceptional circumstances) from the date of arrival in Canada. Pro-rating applies to both the first and last months of RAP unless otherwise specified (e.g., special diet allowance commences from date of receipt of medical note). The national standard formula for pro-rating a daily amount for RAP allowances is RAP amount x 12 / 365 days.

Personal assets

Personal assets, for the purpose of RAP calculations, is the sum of money that RAP-recipients are bringing into Canada with them at their time of arrival, and/or will have access to during their time on RAP.

To determine the impact of reported personal assets on RAP entitlements, the RAP officer will first calculate the maximum personal assets that refugees can retain without affecting their level of income support by using the Maximum Allotment for Personal Assets table. Any remaining assets will be factored into determining how much of their outstanding RAP allowance will be adjusted. If there are remaining assets above the maximum allowable for personal assets, the refugee can then be given the option to apply the funds against the balance of their immigration loan before determination of whether the RAP allowance should be discontinued, or when monthly entitlements should resume.

Evaluating personal assets

At the time of arrival in Canada, refugees are asked by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to declare funds in their possession. This information is entered into the Global Case Management System (GCMS) under the confirmation of permanent residence screen, in the field titled “Funds in Possession”.

During RAP orientation delivered by SPOs, clients must declare funds and assets, either in their possession or which they can access or expect to receive at a later date. This information is included in the Declaration of Funds and Assets form found in the RAP SPO delivery handbook. RAP officers should confirm that all personal assets were declared either during the client’s initial interview with IRCC, or with the RAP SPO.

Maximum allotment for personal assets

Personal assets are taken into consideration when determining the level of income support the client needs.

The following table shows the maximum personal assets that refugees can retain without affecting the amount of income support they may receive. Any remaining assets will be factored in when determining the level of income support needed.

Maximum amount allotted of personal assets (Canadian dollars)

Family Composition Amount
Single person $5000
Couple $7500
Single plus one dependant $7500
Each additional dependant $2500

Example

The following is an example of how income support would be calculated for a single mother with one dependant arriving in Canada with $8000 in personal assets.

  • Available personal funds upon arrival in Canada: $8000
  • Subtract: maximum allowable personal exemption: $7500
  • Amount in excess of the maximum allowable: $500

In this example, the family is $500 in excess of their personal assets limit, and this amount needs to be factored into their eligibility for income support.

If the balance is a small amount, such as in this example, the refugee may be given the option to apply the funds against the balance of the immigration loan account before determination of impact to RAP entitlements.

If there balance of their loan account is already paid, or if the refugee chooses not to make a payment against their loans account, the remaining personal assets amount in excess of the maximum allowable amount should be applied against their future RAP payments on a dollar per dollar basis.

Liquidation of personal assets

If the officer has received information that a RAP client has personal assets or other sources of income, the officer should consult with their supervisor or manager on the possible options listed below.

IRCC RAP officers can determine what personal assets people have with them by:

  • asking the client
  • requesting from the SPO a copy of the Declaration of Funds and Assets on Arrival form
  • checking GCMS on the confirmation of permanent resident screen
  • asking the client for a copy of the CBSA forms (Immigrating or Settling in Canada – archived) completed upon arrival in Canada, if applicable.

Clients are not obligated to liquidate personal assets or gifts to receive RAP income support. However, possession of these assets should be taken into consideration in assessing their need for RAP, for instance if the assets owned by the client are beyond what is normally owned by people requiring income support, the income support may be reduced or refused.

All such decisions must be documented on the client’s file, with approval or consultation with the RAP supervisor.

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