The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provides immediate and essential support to Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) who are selected overseas on the basis of their need for protection through Canada’s Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program. RAP, which is separate from the Settlement Program, provides a bridge to mainstream settlement and integration services that are available to all newcomers. Under RAP, GARs are provided with immediate resettlement assistance, orientation services and income support upon arrival in Canada. Financial support is administered by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and delivered directly to clients, while services such as assistance at reception centres, the provision of temporary accommodation, help in finding permanent housing and orientation to life in Canada are provided by Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) through Contribution Agreements. Using a hub and spoke model, SCCC partners with Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (TBMA) on the RAP program.
Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) program services include:
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- Airport reception
- Temporary accommodation
- Long-term accommodation
- Referrals to health care services
- Linking clients to federal and provincial programs such as Social Insurance Number (SIN), Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), Child Tax Benefits, Social Services, etc.
- Orientation on topics such as housing, education, health, employment, etc.
- Financial orientation (education and assistance with the creation of bank accounts and banking services)
- Life skills training and support
- Help with Immigration related applications
- Language assessment
- Referrals to other essential services in the community