Refugees and persons in need of protection are people within or outside Canada who fear persecution and going back to their home country. In keeping with its humanitarian tradition and international obligations, Canada protects thousands of people each year.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can also sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada.

Canada’s role

Learn about Canada’s role

Canada is recognized around the world for its leadership in offering safe haven to people who need refugee protection. Find out more about what Canada is doing to help refugees.

Refugee programs

Canada’s refugee programs

  • Resettlement from outside Canada
    CIC relies on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other referral organizations and private sponsorship groups to find and refer refugees to be resettled in Canada.
  • Sponsor a refugee
    You can sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada. Sponsors must provide financial and emotional assistance for refugees once they arrive in Canada.
  • Claim refugee protection from inside Canada
    If you feel that you will be persecuted or at risk if you return to your home country, you may be able to seek protection in Canada as a refugee.

Learn more about Canada’s refugee programs.

Get help in Canada

Get help from within Canada

Find out more about the services available to refugees once they arrive in Canada.

Refugee stories

Stories from former refugees

Watch inspirational stories from former refugees about coming to Canada.

Refugee history

History of refugees in Canada

Visit our online refugee exposition to learn more about refugees in Canada.

This historical timeline is being offered in multiple formats. To obtain additional information or to download the appropriate viewer or plugin, consult our Help page.

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