Refugee Response

Many Manitobans have been contacting government officials and community service providers to see how they can contribute to families who have fled conflict.

Find out how you can donate and volunteer

Manitobans seeking information about donations or volunteering should visit the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) website.

Find out how you can sponsor a refugee

There are three different ways Manitobans can sponsor refugees. To learn more about sponsoring a refugee, please visit the Sponsor a refugee section of the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Privately sponsored refugees

Adjusting to a new life in Canada can be a challenging experience. Private refugee sponsoring groups play a significant support role in the lives of sponsored refugees -providing settlement support is one of their main responsibilities. A detailed settlement plan which is revised together with the newcomer and any co-sponsors forms the basis for a successful settlement experience.

Additional information on refugee sponsorship can be found on the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) website. It contains a settlement guide (<1 MB PDF file), links to settlement services and resources, a video library including a video specific to the sponsorship process, and information on the Interim Federal Health Program (<1 MB PDF file). The Program provides refugees with temporary but immediate eligibility for provincial/territorial health benefits.  More information on these health benefits can be found on the IRCC website.

Other RSTP resources:

There are also community-based initiatives for supporting and sponsoring refugees. More information can be found on these websites:

Permanent housing

Do you have apartments or houses for refugees?

At this time, median-market to mid-market rate units with three, four or five bedrooms are needed most, both within Winnipeg and in nearby communities outside the city.  Houses, apartments and condos are preferred, particularly those available for rent on a long-term basis.

Welcome to Manitoba

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

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 and Resources

News and resources on refugee resettlement can be found in the Resources on refugee resettlement section of this website.