Refugee Resettlement

The Government of Canada operates the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program for people in need of protection who are outside of Canada and their home country. It also provides opportunities for people to sponsor refugees.

Who qualifies to come to Canada as a refugee?

Refugees must have left their home country or country where they usually live. They are unable to return home because of a fear of persecution, or they are seriously affected by civil war or armed conflict. A refugee is different from an immigrant. An immigrant is a person who chooses to settle permanently in another country. Refugees are forced to flee.

Refugees must be able to eventually establish themselves in Canada and must also pass medical, security and criminal screenings. Learn more about refugees and asylum in Canada.