What can Canadian businesses do to help?

Businesses big and small are encouraged to help welcome refugees.


Donate money

Consider donating through the:

A few ways your business can contribute:


Give housing, items and services

Find out how to donate housing, items and services in your area by calling 2-1-1 or visit 211.ca.

If the 2-1-1 service is not available in your province or territory, contact your provincial, territorial, or municipal government.

Here are some ways your business can contribute items and services:

  • Offer accommodations at no cost or reduced cost
  • Offer company space for storage or to host community events
  • Donate, collect, or distribute items such as clothing, furniture, appliances, vehicles, food, mobile phones and books
  • Provide services such as transportation, moving, internet, storage, snow removal
  • Mobilize your staff to set aside volunteer time to offer their skills or expertise (for example, computer maintenance, accounting) to local community organizations

Hire newcomers

Connect with newcomers to hire or provide mentoring opportunities through your local service provider organization.

When you hire a newcomer, consider:

  • Encouraging other employers in your community to do the same
  • Providing training on language, digital skills, and soft skills
  • Helping them build professional networks
  • Supporting and recognizing organizations that employ newcomers

After you hire a newcomer, it is important to support them with continuous mentorship and training opportunities.


How your workplace can #WelcomeRefugees

  • Organize a training event and/or social events to celebrate diversity and promote cultural exchange.
  • Invite a refugee to learn more about your workplace.
  • Mentor a newcomer, either informally or set up a mentoring program.
  • Host a welcoming community event for newcomers by giving money, staff time and space.
  • Diversify your corporate social activities by giving money to community organizations that help newcomers.
  • Celebrate the diversity within your business and your community and host a multicultural food festival.

See how Canadian businesses are helping already

Share what your business is doing

Let us know what your company is doing to welcome refugees to Canada. If you want to highlight your announcement here, send us the details of your corporate donation to consultations@cic.gc.ca

Use the hashtag #WelcomeRefugees to join the conversation on social media.

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