Government-sponsored refugee application processing times are based on the latest information available from Canadian immigration authorities.

Note: Please use our new Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get up-to-date information on processing times under the government-assisted refugee program.

Government-assisted refugees are Convention Refugees Abroad whose initial resettlement in Canada is entirely supported by the government of Canada or Quebec. This support is delivered by non-governmental agencies identified by the government of Canada or Quebec.

Support can last up to one year from the date of arrival in Canada, or until the refugee is able to support himself or herself, whichever happens first. It may include:

  • accommodation;
  • clothing;
  • food;
  • help in finding employment and becoming self-supporting; and
  • other resettlement assistance.

Processing Times Tool

The government of Canada recently changed how immigration processing times are published. Use our Canada Immigration Processing Times Tool to get the latest information on government-sponsored refugee application processing times.


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