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How long does the support for government-assisted refugees last?

Financial support can last up to one year after a refugee arrives in Canada, or until they can support themselves, whichever occurs first.

Special needs clients selected under the Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program may get Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) income support for 24 months. Most government-assisted refugees, however, receive financial help for 12 months or less.

Refugees receive RAP support services within the first six weeks of arriving in Canada.


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