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Services for Refugees

Health Coverage for Refugees in Canada
The Interim Federal Health Program provides limited temporary coverage of health-care costs to protected persons who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance plans and where a claim cannot be made under private health insurance. These protected persons include resettled refugees, refugee claimants, certain persons detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other specified groups.

Migrant and Refugee Services – Red Cross
The Red Cross offers “First Contact” services to refugees. Currently these services are available in Toronto and Vancouver. Services are offered in several languages and include help with affordable housing, Legal Aid or social assistance.

Table de concertation des organismes au services des personnes refugiees et immigrantes (TCRI)
TCRI brings together several organizations working with immigrants, refugiees, and the stateless. Their mission is to defend and protect the rights of the immigrants, refugees, and the stateless residing in Quebec during their emigration process. The organization offers various services and support to the newcomers.

Access Alliance Multicultural Mental Health and Community  Services
Access Alliance is a Toronto-based organization offering a wide range of programs and services for immigrants and refugees living in the City of Toronto. Working through partnerships, we help develop innovative responses to newcomer issues.

Centre social d’aide aux immigrants (CSAI)
CSAI is a Montreal-based organization that promotes the social integration of members of Greater Montreal’s cultural communities, regardless of their origin, language, political opinions or religion, and help newly arrived immigrants to get settled. The centre welcomes newcomers and provides guidance and referral, consultation, interpretation and translation, job integration assistance, French courses, support with immigration and sponsorship procedures, information workshops on the host society, outings and cultural activities, collective kitchens. Additionally, the centre acts as a host settlement agency for selected refugee claimants who are relocated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and arrive with permanent resident status.