Has the resettlement of sponsored refugees in Canada continued during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The resettlement of refugees in Canada did not stop with the onset of the  COVID-19 pandemic. However, restrictions on travelling have had an impact on the arrival of resettled refugees.

Resettled refugees are allowed to travel to Canada only if their permanent resident visa was issued before March 18, 2020

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), some challenges affecting resettlement work are : 

  • the unique conditions in each country of asylum
  • the importance of making sure service providers and sponsors in Canada can support refugees when and after they arrive

IRCC continues to work with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to facilitate the resettlement of refugees. 

IRCC expects to see more refugee departures to Canada as Covid prevention measures are lifted.

What to do if you have already sponsored refugees 

IRCC will contact you as soon as the refugees are ready to travel. You’ll need to confirm that you’re ready to welcome your sponsored refugees. This includes having a quarantine plan.

Indeed, all refugees arriving in Canada must isolate for 14 days when they arrive. As their sponsor, you must have a quarantine plan ready for them. Don’t forget to share this plan with them so they know what to expect when they get here.

Fore more information, you can check out this factsheet : Resettling to Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic, available both in English and other languages.

Please also read through the Travel Resumption Resource Kit for Refugee Sponsors.