Refugees and asylum

Apply for refugee status from within Canada, find out how to come to Canada as a refugee, sponsor a refugee or find refugee services in Canada.

Sponsor a refugee

Sponsorship agreement holders, the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program, groups of five, community sponsors and the Joint Assistance Sponsorship Program

Resettle from outside Canada

Eligibility requirements, resettlement programs, processing times, what to do after you apply and what to expect when you get to Canada

Claim refugee protection from inside Canada

Applications for those who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to return to their home country

Helping Syrian refugees

Find out what Canada is doing to welcome Syrian refugees, how this initiative works and how Canadians can get involved

Refugee system in Canada

Programs for people seeking protection and resettlement services

Find services available to refugees in Canada

Health care, help to adjust to Canada, financial assistance and refugee rights

Appeal a refugee claim

Refugee appeal process for refugees inside Canada and the role of the Refugee Appeal Division

Protect yourself from fraud

How to avoid becoming a victim of immigration fraud, such as marriage fraud, document fraud and email and internet scams

Key figures on asylum claims

Asylum claimants processed by CBSA, IRCC and RCMP

What we are doing

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.

Canada: A History of Refuge

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

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