Resources on refugee resettlement

Welcome to Canada: Government of Canada information and resources

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has an online list of important things to do before and after you arrive in Canada (Refugee-specific information is also available). IRCC has also published Welcome to Canada: What you should know, a resource on what to expect in your first weeks of moving to Canada, Canadian laws, health care, and how to get help settling in Canada.

To help refugees and other newcomers with their settlement in Canada, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has released English and French versions of the Your First Two Weeks in Canada video online.

Welcome to Manitoba

Information about settling in Manitoba is available in the Arrival section of this website.

Muslim Services Directory

Children and Families

Education

General Settlement

Health

Housing

Mental Health

Refugees may be at risk for mental health and substance misuse issues due to traumatic war-related experiences and their displacement. This can include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic symptoms and addiction. Often the symptoms related to these issues may not surface immediately after arrival, but months or years after arriving in Canada.

If a person is functioning and doing well, it is recommended that service providers do not inquire about traumatic experiences. However, providers should be alert to signs and symptoms of post-traumatic symptoms and other mental health and addiction issues or illnesses in this population. The following resources have been developed for service providers working with refugees to increase awareness of the signs of distress in children, youth and adults; how to respond and where referrals can be made to access formal mental health and addiction services:

Additional resources:

Language Learning in Canada

Knowing English and French helps open the door to jobs, service will help newcomers learn about the steps they can take to improve their language before and after they arrive in Canada.

Newcomer immigrants and refugees may attend government funded language classes. In Winnipeg, the Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC) is the agency that assesses language levels and gives referrals to classes. The Welcoming Communities section of this website has links to similar services throughout Manitoba.

Indigenous People of Manitoba

This resource (<3MB PDF file) was made with care for people who are newcomers to Canada and may be learning English, but its content is relevant to all Manitobans. Those of us who are not Indigenous Manitobans are settlers here and are “newcomers” in a sense. We share a responsibility to learn from our Indigenous neighbours and build relationships of friendship and respect.

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Privately Sponsored Refugees

  • More information and resources related to Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSR) can be found on the Refugee Response webpage.

Settlement service organizations in Manitoba

Members of the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) help newcomers, including refugees, settle in communities across Manitoba. Visit their online list of all MANSO members to find a settlement service provider near you.

News articles

Refugee experiences