Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Afghan refugees are resettled in Canada by settlement organizations
The government of Canada announced on May 27, 2022 that Resettlement Assistance Program service provider organizations (RAP SPOs) are doing their best to settle refugees, including Afghans, in their new communities.
The RAP delivers immediate and essential support for refugees' most basic requirements, including temporary housing, help in locating permanent housing, and registration for federal and provincial programs.
In January 2022, Canada announced a $35 million investment to increase settlement services for newcomers in rural areas and small towns. This funding will help create 9 new RAP SPOs in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and New Brunswick with $21 million.
Through the Resettlement Assistance Program, refugees supported by the government receive immediate and essential services for their most basic needs, such as temporary housing, assistance in finding permanent housing, and registration for essential federal and provincial programs.
The role of RAP SPOs across the country is crucial in helping with the integration of newcomers, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will work closely with them to welcome Afghan nationals to Canada.