How Canadians can help
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Volunteer and donate
Many refugees need extra help getting settled in Canada. Supportive social networks and service providers are a key part of this. There are different ways you can help.
You can donate online. You can direct your donation to a specific community, if you want.
Volunteer and in-kind donations (including housing, clothing and furniture)
For individuals: connect with a local Resettlement Assistance Program service provider.
For organizations: email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you live in the province of Quebec
Contact Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) by emailing AideRefugiesafghans@mifi.gouv.qc.ca for more information about how to support Afghan resettlement efforts in Québec.
Work with the Resettlement Assistance Program
The Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is coordinating volunteers and donations throughout the country on behalf of Resettlement Assistance Program service providers who are welcoming Afghan refugees.
Through these networks and organizations, refugees can
- get information
- find housing and jobs
- improve their language skills
- get involved in the community
- gain critical cultural knowledge
- receive emotional and other support
Sponsor an Afghan refugee
You can help Afghan refugees by sponsoring them to come to Canada. There are different ways you can sponsor a refugee:
As a group, you can sponsor a
- specific refugee or refugee family
- refugee referred by a visa office abroad
Find out more about
- how to become a Group of Five
- how to find an SAH
- training available for SAHs through the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program
How businesses can help
Connect with a local service provider organization to hire a newcomer or learn about other ways you can help. Encourage other employers in your community to do the same.
You can also foster a work environment that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural exchange. Activities could include
- organizing multicultural social events
- supporting other community organizations that help newcomers
- setting up a mentoring program for newcomers
Canada: A History of Refuge
Visit our online refugee exhibition to learn more about refugees in Canada.
Learn about Canada's role concerning refugees
Canada is recognized around the world for its leadership in offering a safe haven to people who need refugee protection. Find out what Canada is doing to help refugees.
Stories from former refugees
Watch inspirational stories from former refugees about coming to Canada.
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