How Canadians can help

We continue to see an outpouring of goodwill from Canadians across the country. This enthusiastic support is key to our efforts to welcome more Afghan refugees to safety in Canada.

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Many refugees need extra help getting settled in Canada. Supportive social networks and service providers are a key part of this. You can help in different ways.

Donate money

You can donate online. You can choose to donate to specific

Volunteer or donate goods and services (like housing, clothing and furniture)

By volunteering or donating goods and services, you'll be involved in

There are a few ways you can get involved in volunteering or donating goods and services

  1. Reach out to a Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) service provider in your area
    Contact a local RAP service provider to find out how you can help. These organizations help refugees
    • find housing and jobs
    • learn English or French
    • get involved in their community
    • find community programs and programs for newcomers
  2. Get matched with newcomers to Canada through the Canada Connects initiative
    The Canada Connects initiative matches newcomers with Canadian citizens or long-time community members to help them settle in their new community.
  3. Connect with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)
    The CCIS is coordinating volunteers and donations on behalf of 43 RAP service providers working together to welcome Afghan refugees across the country.

If you live in the province of Quebec

Email the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration at to find out how you can support Afghan resettlement efforts in Quebec.

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

We developed a special program to make it easier for groups of five and community sponsors to sponsor Afghan refugees. This new program lets these groups sponsor Afghan refugees without refugee status from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or a foreign state. Find out how you can sponsor through this program.

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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

Businesses can also email the CCIS at to find out how they can help.


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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