Despite having tightened the conditions for granting asylum to refugees two years back, refugee acceptance rate has increased. Especially from nations that are considered SAFE for applicants facing persecution.
Organizations in Leamington, Ontario, Peterborough, Ontario and Brooks, Alberta are stepping up to play a stronger role in resettling refugees in Canada. The New Canadians/’ Centre of Excellence (Leamington), the New Canadians Centre (Peterborough) and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (Brooks) all successfully demonstrated they have the services in place to become new Resettlement Assistance Program centres and are able to start accepting government-assisted refugees. Under the Resettlement Assistance Program, there are now 27 communities outside Quebec offering comprehensive and expanded services to refugees. The Resettlement Assistance Program supports government-assisted refugees, blended visa office-referred refugees and other eligible clients when they first arrive in Canada. A recent call for proposals was launched to identify new temporary Resettlement Assistance Program centres and expand the number of cities across Canada where refugees can be sent.