Protection and assistance for victims of human trafficking

Are you a victim of human trafficking? Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) can help protect you by giving you a special temporary resident permit (TRP). This permit gives potential victims legal immigration status in Canada.

The permit is valid for up to 180 days. Depending on your situation, CIC can reissue the TRP at the end of the 180-day period.

If you get a TRP, you can also get health-care benefits and trauma counselling. You may also apply for a fee-exempt work permit.

You will need to fill out the necessary documents. You must give them to an immigration officer for processing.

In Canada, you do not have to testify against your trafficker to get temporary or permanent resident status. There is no fee for an initial TRP or a work permit for victims of trafficking.

If you think that you are a victim of trafficking, or you know someone who is, please visit or contact the CIC office closest to you. To find the closest CIC office, please call CIC toll free at 1 888 242-2100 (from within Canada only). If you visit an office in person, CIC can assess your application faster. If you need help right away, please call your local police or 911.

Immigration officers at local CIC offices will interview you to decide if you can get a temporary resident permit.

If needed, they will put you in contact with other groups that help victims of trafficking. These may include other federal, provincial or municipal governments; non-government organizations; or the embassy of your home country.

Benefits of a TRP

You may need a short-term TRP for any of these reasons:

  • to escape the influence of traffickers,
  • to give you time to decide whether you want to return home,
  • to let you recover from physical or mental trauma (for example, you may need counselling or medical treatment),
  • to let you take part in the investigation or prosecution of the traffickers, or
  • to earn a living without fear of persecution by the traffickers.

Find out if you are eligible

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