Syrian refugees who come here may be government-assisted or privately sponsored.
Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs)
After they arrive in Alberta, GARs will be directed to one of the 5 federally-funded refugee reception centres located in:
From there, they’ll be provided temporary accommodation until a longer-term solution is found.
Federal financial support for GARs also includes income support, and is intended to cover costs for accommodation, clothing and food for up to 1 year.
Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs)
PSRs are sponsored by family members or Sponsorship Agreement Holders such as individuals or community-based groups. These sponsors provide financial and emotional support for the sponsored refugee and his/her family. This includes help for housing, clothing and food, for up to 3 years.
PSRs can also receive resettlement and language supports as provided by immigrant-serving agencies.
Until they receive their provincial health care card, refugees will be covered for up to 1 year under the Government of Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program. This program repays the cost of care to health care providers, such as doctors, dentists, hospitals and pharmacies.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
This federal program supports language training in English and French to adult newcomers who are permanent residents. Launched in 1992, the program helps newcomers integrate into Canada and their communities
Located around Alberta, these centres can test your language level using the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Some centre provide referral information about programs. The Calgary and Edmonton centre websites also have ESL Directories that list course information.
Qualified staff at centres located across Alberta can help connect job-seekers to employers and to training options for skills that are in demand. They can also help with career planning and job searches.