Understanding Refugee Status

The Centre for Newcomers provides support to both Government Assisted Refugees and Privately Sponsored Refugees once they arrive in Canada.

Government-Assisted Refugees - cannot apply directly to Canada, they must be referred for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or another referral organization.  Refugees need to be selected by the Government of Canada. Resettlement in Canada is entirely supported by the Government of Canada. Government Sponsored Refugees receive support for up to one year from the date they arrive in Canada, or until they are able to support themselves, whichever happens first. This support is delivered by non-governmental agencies such as the Centre for Newcomers.

Privately Sponsored Refugees - are supported by a group that is responsible to provide financial and emotional support for the refugees for the duration of the sponsorship. They do not receive financial support from the Government of Canada.  Sponsors fully finance all help for housing, clothing and food. Most sponsorships last for one year, but some refugees may be eligible for assistance from their sponsors for up to three years.

All refugees, both government and privately sponsored, must go through a security screening to qualify for entry to Canada and must pass medical and security checks before they arrive.