Settlement journey for refugees in Canada

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Arriving in Canada


  • Refugees are welcomed at the airport by their sponsors or by local Service Provider Organizations.

  • Refugees are provided temporary housing, food and clothing ensuring essential needs are met.

  • Canada‚Äôs recently restored Interim Federal Health Program takes care of refugees arriving with health issues until they receive provincial health coverage.

  • Refugees sign up for orientation and learn about life in Canada.

During their first year


  • Financial assistance is offered to those refugees in need for up to one year to help them settle in Canada by the federal government or private sponsors.

  • A range of settlement services are available to all newcomers to help them adapt to life in Canada.

  • Service Provider Organizations provide English or French language classes, orientation, and help newcomers in finding work and getting their foreign credentials recognized.

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada supports youth and kids in schools across Canada through the Settlement Workers in Schools initiative.

Longer-term after arriving in Canada


  • Language training and other settlement services continue to be available until the refugee becomes a Canadian citizen.

  • Not all refugees can support themselves right away. For those who need continued support, P/T social assistance programs are available.

  • The long-term success of all refugees to Canada improves over time and is even more pronounced in the second generation.

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