Refugee Settlement

Resources intended to support the community as it works together to understand the current refugee crisis and to find impactful ways to help, particularly with refugees settling in the Lower Mainland and across BC.

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Canadian Council for Refugees/Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés

A national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world, and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The CCR has established a Syrian Refugee Support Fund to help support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada.

Government of Canada – Refugees and Asylum

The Government of Canada has pledged to work with Canadians, including private sponsors, non-governmental organizations, and provincial, territorial and municipal governments to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees. The official Refugees and Asylum page is a portal of information for both refugees and those looking to help out, with everything from information on applying for refugee status to helping welcome Syrian refugees through donations, sponsoring and volunteering. Read their Syrian Refugee Population Profile.

ISS - Immigration Services Society of BC

This non-profit organization has been offering support and settlement services to immigrants and refugees in BC since 1972. Their website is a key starting point for finding information both for immigrants and refugees.

Mosaic - Refugee Programs & Services

Maintained by Mosaic, this is a searchable database of free programs and services to help refugees and their families settle in their new homes and communities . Search by topic (children, seniors, etc.), date, location, or agency.


Muslim Food Bank

A community based charitable organization in Surrey, BC that primarily serves refugees and new immigrant families, helping them integrate and settle into their new lives. Provides food assistance and advocates self-reliance through its Food Bank and the ASPIRE Community Services program. 

Refugee Health - Vancouver

Provides resources and information about mental health to clinicians and support workers providing care to refugees. 

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) supports the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors on a national level (excl. Quebec). The objective of the RSTP is to address the information and on-going training needs, as well as the initial information needs, of sponsored refugees.


The UNHCR (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) was established on December 14, 1950 by the UN to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. The website includes statistics and resources for staying informed, as well as ways to get involved and support the organization’s humanitarian efforts.