The government of Canada published an update introducing the Canadian Refugee Protection Portal (CRPP), which was launched on October 6, 2021.
Individuals who are currently in Canada can make a refugee claim using the portal which is effective immediately. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires applicants or their legal representatives to create an online account, complete a questionnaire and submit supporting documents online.
Applications of those who require accommodation or have a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Temporary residents and foreign nationals not subject to a removal order can make a refugee claim in Canada. This includes a claim made at an admissibility hearing prior to the issuance of a removal order.
Canadian citizens cannot make a refugee claim since they already enjoy citizenship protection and the right to enter and remain in Canada. A refugee claim can be initiated from inside Canada, using the online Canadian Refugee Protection Portal application process.
If a removal order has not been issued, a refugee claim may be made at a Canadian port of entry or at any inland Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) office during the administrative or admissibility hearing process.