Refugee resettlement

Refugees are individuals or families who have fled their country of origin due to fear of persecution and are not able to return home. Manitoba has a strong tradition of welcoming refugees. Typically, Manitoba receives between 1,500 and 2,200 refugees per year from many different countries. In 2016 we received an exceptionally high number of over 3,700 refugees as part of the strong Canadian response to the crisis in Syria.

The federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has two programs under which Canada accepts and supports persons seeking refuge to Canada:

  • The Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program works with people who are seeking protection from outside Canada
  • The In-Canada Asylum Program is for people making refugee protection claims from within Canada

This page provides key facts and information that are most relevant to the Manitoban context. For in depth information on Canadian programs, consult the federal IRCC website at Refugees and Asylum. To learn more about refugees internationally visit the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) website.

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There is a wide network of services available to refugees, refugee claimants, refugee sponsors and refugee supporters. Information on services and resources is located under Settle in Manitoba.