These changes have already come into effect for Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) and Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Refugees receiving RAP income support. The changes will further come into effect for privately-sponsored cases, on January 1st, 2022, and are summarized as follows:
- Increase to RAP core rates (basic and shelter) to bring them up to parity with provincial social assistance rates, including for senior allowances where applicable
- Increase to the monthly communication allowance from $30/month to $75/month to support access to virtual services
- Standardizing the age of majority for RAP program at 18 in all provinces
- Standardizing transportation rates across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Both social assistance and RAP rates are subject to change, and sponsoring groups are expected to provide support in accordance with the RAP rates and policies in place at the time of the refugee’s arrival and over the course of their sponsorship period. These changes are necessary in response to the rising cost of living and to ensure that RAP income support levels are aligned with provincial social assistance rates.
The updated RAP rates will be made available on the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) website in the coming months, and reflected in the RSTP’s Minimum Financial Support Calculator as of the January 1st implementation date. IRCC’s Post-arrival Financial Support FAQs will also be updated to reflect these changes.